Gov. Markell, officials tour UD's STAR campus
By Tom Lehman

Updated Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 8:40pm

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Gov. Markell and UD President Patrick Harker discuss the upcoming facilities at the university's STAR campus

Gov. Markell and other state officials received an early look at two upcoming facilities at the University of Delaware's Science Technology and Advanced Research campus Friday.

The tour included a look at the 200,000 square foot site where Bloom Energy seeks to open its fuel cell manufacturing facility this summer.

Markell says he felt encouraged after seeing the progress being made at the facility, especially in light of the financial troubles surrounding Fisker Automotive.

It's great to see the progress, it's great to get inside to realize that by the end of the summer, they'll be producing bloom boxes here, and it's great to know we've got a couple dozen Delawareans who are being trained right now," he says.

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Officials also got a sneak peak at UD's Health Sciences building, built in the former site of the Chrysler plant in Newark.

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker is excited about the what the new health-focused facility will bring for the school's research. He says the first-phase of the 105,000 square foot facility will help provide medical service for the community while also allowing for multi-disciplinary research.

"Physical therapy here is number two in the country,
with this, I guarantee that we'll move quickly into the number one position," Harker says.

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