Palm Beach Gardens will be the new home for a 115 million dollar investment for United Technologies. United Technologies is the world’s largest provider of building technologies. The new center will create 380 new jobs, and will create a 5 year favorable impact of about 662 million dollars to the area. The site will be located on a portion of the 681 acre Briger tract on Donald Ross Road near I-95, and across from the Scripps research center.
“A first of its kind, intelligent and sustainable customer center” says UTC President/CEO Geraud Darnis. The 250,000 square foot mega-project will create a flagship showroom and will be a living showplace which will serve as a destination for the global building community and will offer integrated, whole building solutions. Featured technologies will be in the areas of security, heating, refrigeration and elevators, for United Technology brands like Otis elevator, Carrier, Chubb and Kiddie.
Southeast Florida and Palm Beach Gardens were chosen for the center because of their ideal climate for the year round demonstration. The center will highlight energy efficient cooling technologies. Additionally the Palm Beach Gardens location offers a close proximity to other existing UTC facilities as well as international airports.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the World-Class Intelligent Building Showcase and Customer Experience Center in early July 2015. He was integral in convincing UTC to make Palm Beach Gardens the home for the new global center. Florida is well known as one of the best states in the country for business, and today more than 2,600 companies are headquartered in Florida. The Business Development board of Board of Palm Beach County and the city of Palm Beach Gardens worked closely with the Florida Department of Business Opportunity and Enterprise Florida to make the project materialize.
Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Eric Jablin said “The addition of United Technologies as the newest partner in the Palm Beach Gardens business community is significant and serves as an example of intelligent growth. UTC’s growing presence in the area means more high-wage, high-skills jobs.
United Technologies also owns Pratt Whitney which develops jet engines and Sikorsky aircraft known for their helicopters, which are already located in nearby Jupiter, Florida. In 2013 Pratt Whitney invested over 63 million to construct and equip a new building to their site on Beeline Highway in Jupiter which created 230 new jobs. The company has been hiring hundreds of engineers over the past few years to expand this facility.