Blackstone LaunchPad: Fostering Entrepreneural Exploration
BC Commercial, one of Texas leading technical builders focused on complex and sustainable projects, celebrated with The University of Texas Dallas and Blackstone Charitable Foundation unveiling their 5,000 square feet LaunchPad. Creating a uniquely designed and built space, BC Commercial’s work at UTD helps mark the rise of academic incubators for this campus-based entrepreneurial program accessible by over a half a million students globally.
This distinctly designed space has been created to enhance curious and inquisitive entrepreneurs, students and companies looking to recruit top talent who think in entrepreneurial ways. Dubbed “The Collaboration Zone”, an open floor plan in the main room creates a co-working environment. The colorful space also features two conference rooms, five individual offices and a breakout area for staff, reception area, small kitchen, water fountains, and color pallets designed to enhance creativity. Unlike traditional academic design, incubators are more likely to resemble co-working spaces and startup offices, offering people choice and control over where and how they work. Incubators provide students a glimpse of where they could go after they make the leap from campus to workplace.
“For us, it’s not just about the project, it’s about the community and an opportunity to create a work environment that sets the tone for new entrepreneurs to entice and develop daring ideas,” commented Robert Beach, Vice-President BC Commercial. “Being a part of such a groundbreaking project with Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Gensler Architectural is an opportunity near and dear to my heart, as an entrepreneur myself.”
Providing commercial construction projects for over 18 years, BC Commercial uses state of the art technologies to create protocols developed for clean environments used in hospitals, universities, retail and municipalities while offering zero down-time for the organization. This privately-held, forward-thinking commercial general contractor and construction manager is able to handle projects of all sizes while delivering quality projects done in a timely manner for organizations such as Children’s Hospital, The University of Dallas, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Serving as the general contractor and working closely with the entire team on the LaunchPad, including architect The Gensler Architectural Firm, BC Commercial ensured the $3 million funding by Blackstone Charitable Foundation created an environment conducive to fostering entrepreneurial exploration which is anticipated to generate nearly 4,000 new ventures and 9,000 new jobs in Texas in the coming years. Drawing upon its extensive technical and healthcare construction expertise, BC Commercial incorporated a number of environmental friendly elements in to this project, including state of the art filtration systems during construction, negative air space monitoring, all natural wood products and other sustainable building materials.
“Entrepreneurship not only helps drive the Texas economy, it is part of our DNA. For the past three years, Texas has been the top high-tech exporting state in the nation, due in no small part to the framework we have built to attract innovators from across the globe. I am proud to welcome Blackstone LaunchPad to Texas A&M, UT Austin and UT Dallas as we continue to strengthen Texas’ culture of innovation through training and support at the university level,” said Governor Greg Abbot.
“Being a part of such a groundbreaking project with Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Gensler Architectural is an opportunity near and dear to my heart, as an entrepreneur myself.” – Robert Beach, VP of BC Commercial
About BC Commercial
BC Commercial, LLC, one of the top General Contractors in the Dallas Metroplex, serves an array of markets and project types that include occupied spaces and critical care environments for Higher Education, Municipalities, Classrooms/Laboratories, Imaging Facilities, Retail, Office Spaces and Medical. Founded in 1999, BC Commercial is HUB and MBE Certified and has offices in Dallas and Houston. The company has completed hundreds of projects and won numerous awards for construction excellence.