Research Triangle Park Master Plan

Research Triangle Park Master Plan


Founded over fifty years ago, Research Triangle Park is one the nation’s preeminent science parks. In order to ensure the Park remains a renowned global center of innovation that supports the regional economy, the Research Triangle Foundation retained Cooper Robertson to prepare a new Master Plan to guide sustainable development for the next fifty years. A key element to the Master Plan is the creation of a transit-oriented, mixed-use research center near a planned commuter rail station. Cutting edge research space, including incubators to nurture start-up companies, will be supported by retail, multi-family residential, hotel/conference facilities, and other education and cultural amenities. In the near term, shuttles may link the station to the mixed-use center and to the broader Park. In the long term, the Park may be served by Light Rail Transit.

The Master Plan recommends the preservation and restoration of natural areas and streams that run through the site and provide water to a nearby reservoir. Sustainable water reuse projects – both regional and locally using treatment wetlands – will reduce the rate of water consumption and manage long term drought risk. The plan recommends a combined heating cooling and power plant, renewable energy initiatives, and a waste recovery facility, to continue RTP’s legacy of sustainability and innovation.



Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Site Area
7,000 acres
Completion Date
  • Grimshaw Architect

  • VHB Traffic and

  • Buro Happold Consulting Engineers MEP Engineering

  • Natural Systems Utilities Civil Engineering

  • HR&A Advisors Real Estate Consulting

  • Faithful + Gould Cost Estimating