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New tenants at BRiC

Crocker Partners has announced two new tenants at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus. In a news release, Crocker said the additions are the investment banking firm National Holdings Corporation and technology firm BCN Telecom. They join, among others, Modernizing Medicine at what once was the complex where IBM developed the personal computer. Crocker bought the campus in 2018. Managing Partner Angelo Bianco said the company is continuing its “repositioning plans” with $100 million of improvements to the buildings to create a tech and life sciences hub for the Southeastern United States.”

Boca Helping Hands

Things to do with the kids this weekend

This inaugural timed race will benefit Boca Helping Hands. T-shirts and participation medals will be given to the first 300 runners. Participants will enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks. $30. Children 10 and younger run for free at 8 a.m. BRiC, 5000 T-Rex Ave., Boca Raton. For more information, visit bridgingthedistance5k.com.

This inaugural timed race will benefit Boca Helping Hands. T-shirts and participation medals will be given to the first 300 runners. Participants will enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks. $30. Children 10 and younger run for free at 8 a.m. BRiC, 5000 T-Rex Ave., Boca Raton. For more information, visit bridgingthedistance5k.com.

Three New Tenants In The Past Five Months Brings Boca Raton Innovation Campus' Leasing To 410,000 Square Feet Since Crocker Partners Acquisition

National Holdings Corporation, BCN Telecom and OOMA have recently joined the Boca Raton Innovation Campus' (BRiC) ever growing tenant roster, Crocker Partners announced. The real estate investment firm acquired BRiC, originally the home of IBM and the birthplace of the personal computer, in April of 2018 in a joint venture with Rialto Capital and Siguler Guff. Since then, in addition to the three newcomers the company has inked 410,000 square feet of leases, expanding Modernizing Medicine and bringing on new tenants such as Kroger and Canon.

BRiC hits brakes on signs for former IBM Building

Crocker Partners has plans to build on the legacy created by IBM by returning this historic, iconic property into a place where creativity and innovation happen. Once we complete the planned $100 million of capital improvements, BRiC will become a vibrant Class-A office complex and the tech and life sciences hub for the Southeastern United States. It will consist of unparalleled tenant amenities on the scale of the Google campus, structured parking, and substantial investments into new tenant high-tech spaces. Remembering and celebrating our past is important to us. One of our two planned coffee shops is going to be named Marcel Brewer’s, a play on the name of Marcel Breuer, the father of Brutalist architecture and the designer of the campus. We will also be creating a History of Tech museum centered around artifacts and technology donated by local IBM alumni.

Boca Helping Hands to benefit from 5K run/walk

The inaugural “Bridging the Distance" 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Mobile Help, Boca Raton Innovation Campus and its owner and landlord Crocker Partners is slated for March 14 to benefit Boca Helping Hands.

Child rescue group supporters grow into new space

Child Rescue Coalition hosts regular volunteer sessions to make blankets with bears to comfort rescued kids. However, this one was different. Having a session in a larger space in Boca Raton Innovation Campus meant the coalition could invite over 100 people. “This is our biggest showing yet,” said the coalition’s Alex Ortiz. “There’s so many new faces helping this mission.” He thanked Crocker Partners for donating the space.

The software success of Modernizing Medicine

About 15 months ago, Modernizing Medicine moved its headquarters from FAU’s Research Park to the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, a 125-acre office park where IBM once had a large presence. Cane says he chose the location because of its symbolism as the birthplace of the IBM personal computer and because there’s ample room to grow. When renovations are completed later this year, Modernizing Medicine will occupy about 150,000 square feet, increasing its space by 80%. It also has offices in Roseville, Calif., and Santiago, Chile — the result of two acquisitions.

BCN Expands Operations Center with Move to Historic South Florida Office Park

BCN, a leading technology solutions provider specializing in meeting the requirements of multi-location, multi-service, multi-network customers, recently expanded its South Florida Network Operations Center with a move to the historic Boca Raton Innovation Campus. BCN’s hyper-growth over the last several years, combined with new staff additions, necessitated the move.

The Value of Teaching Your Boca Kids About Service

We recently attended a community day at BRIC for Child Rescue Coalition. If you’re not familiar with the organization, it’s equal parts impressive and terrifying. Child Rescue Coalition is a non-profit that rescues children from sexual abuse by building technology for law enforcement, free of charge, to track, arrest and prosecute child predators.

Boca Art Museum receives $1 million gift to boost education programs

Another development working on a partnership with the museum is the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), west of Interstate 95 on Yamato Road. The former birthplace of IBM’s personal computer, the campus now is being revamped to be a centerpiece not only of business but also of culture, according to Angelo Bianco, managing partner of Crocker Partners, which owns BRiC. Lippman said talks are underway to install a sculpture outside the main building.

BRiC Leading the Way

At the home of the old Boca Raton economy, the talk was about the new Boca Raton economy. Two weeks ago, Crocker Partners – which owns the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) — hosted a discussion titled “Leading the Way in STEM Education.” STEM is the longtime acronym for science, technology, engineering and medicine. A new version adds Arts and calls it STEAM.

The Acorn That Put Boca On The Map

The IBM story in Boca Raton began in the late ‘60s when then-Chairman of the Board of IBM, Thomas Watson, announced the company would open a manufacturing facility here to produce its 550 Model 20 Midsize computer. That site, now the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, was designed by renowned architects Marcel Breuer and Robert Gatje, and at its peak covered 3.6 million square feet in more than 40 buildings. It would be big for Boca. But no one knew how big.

Boca Raton in 2030: More of the good life for locals, luxury seekers

Boca Raton is famous for IBM and the birthplace of the personal computer. Now the sprawling complex that ushered in the personal technology era is set to be the centerpiece of a new landmark: An office complex geared to the future Boca Raton employee. The property “presented an opportunity to invest in the future, a place for people to live, work and play in a manner we are seeing all over the globe,” said Angelo Bianco, managing partner of Crocker Partners, which bought the complex for $170 million in 2018.

Mixing it up: More complexes featuring shops, homes and offices coming to south PBC

Another property to keep an eye on is the Boca Raton Innovation Center. That’s the former IBM campus in Boca Raton, just west of Interstate 95 between Yamato Road and Spanish River Boulevard. The sprawling complex where the personal computer was born is set to be the centerpiece of a new landmark: An office complex geared to the future Boca Raton employee.

Entrepreneurs in Paradise: The Event Planning Recipe for Success

When most people hear “networking,” they think of cheap coffee, awkward first encounters, sleazy salespeople, and business cards changing hands as people go through the motions with boring conversations. But this isn’t networking at ‘Entrepreneurs in Paradise’. Celebrating ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ at Boca Raton’s Innovation Campus, ‘Entrepreneurs in Paradise’ featured over 100 local entrepreneurs, up to 350 attendees, and live music.

Kroger moves its online health/wellness business to BRiC campus in Boca

One of the biggest names in the grocery store business, Kroger Company, has moved the national headquarters of its online health-and-wellness Vitacost.com business to a 43,000-square-foot, second-floor suite in the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) building at 4700 Exchange Court off Yamato Road.

Inaugural Comedy Fest Brings a Week of Laughter to Boca Raton

As with Jewish Festival of Lights, Boca Raton is prepared to celebrate its own eight crazy nights—and days—with the inaugural Flamingo Comedy Festival beginning this weekend. Every evening, and certain afternoons, from Oct. 18 to 25, professional and emerging comedians, stage magicians and authors will perform at venues throughout the city - including BRiC.

The Magic of BRiC

It had been many years since I had visited the old IBM campus in Boca Raton. I had forgotten how big it was and what a large role it had played in the economic life of Southern Palm Beach County. At its height, more than 10,000 IBMers worked on the picturesque campus and down Congress Avenue in Delray in the Arbors buildings. It was a remarkable era. Those memories came flooding back when I attended an event last week at the site which is now known as BRIC for Boca Raton Innovation Campus. Crocker Partners has poured millions of dollars into the campus and it looks magnificent.

Vitacost signs new lease at BRIC

“Vitacost conducted an extensive search of amenity-laden office properties in the region to fulfill its charge of finding a modernized, collaborative workplace environment with an abundance of natural light,” said Millowitz. “BRiC is the Southeast’s premier science and technology hub, and its proximity to talent and walkable amenities will provide Vitacost with a significant recruiting advantage in the years to come.”

Sister, brother duo nab National Anthem at Boca’s bowl game

Eight finalists vied for the chance to sing the National Anthem at December’s Boca Bowl on ABC-TV. But Raphael and Evelyn Martins harmonies’ wowed the judges. The Martins had their own cheering section. Evelyn works at Mobile Help at BRIC, short for Boca Raton Innovation Campus, the Idol venue. The former IBM complex is a Crocker Partners property since 2018, so company v.p. Danielle Vennett was among fans pulling for the Deerfield Beach pair.

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Boca Raton Bowl Idol accepting audition videos for chance to sing national anthem

The top eight performers will move on to Finalist Night set for Thursday, Aug. 1 at Boca Raton Innovation Campus, 5000 T-Rex Ave. They will compete live in front of an audience and a panel of judges whose votes and selections will choose three finalists. After that, those three competitors will face off and a winner will be selected.

Massive IBM Campus where PC was born now housing a new generation of innovators

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, IBM’s research & development campus in Boca Raton bustled with innovation. The huge office building housed several firsts, most notably as the place where the world first personal computer was invented by Philip “Don” Estridge and his IBM team and introduced to the world in 1981.

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Crocker's Plan for BRiC

Crocker Partners planned big things for Boca Raton’s Midtown neighborhood, but city politics stopped it. Now, the company plans big things for the former IBM headquarters, which the company sold in 1996. It’s now called the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, or BRIC.

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What’s Changing As Art and Technology Intersect?

Join distinguished artist Carol Prusa at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) on May 21 to learn how the evolution of technology in art --from the pencil to the 3D printer – is freeing artists’ creativity.

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What’s Changing As Art and Technology Intersect?

Find out at BRiC “Intersection Between Art and Tech” Event May 21

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Join distinguished artist Carol Prusa at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) on May 21 to learn how the evolution of technology in      art –from the pencil to the 3D printer – is freeing artists’ creativity.

The program, “The Intersection Between Art and Tech,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the BRiC Conference Center, 5000 T-Rex Avenue, is open to the public. Sponsored by BRiC, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Art Hive Magazine, it’s the first public event created by the BRiC Programming Board, a group of business and community leaders focused on developing unique programming to spotlight innovation for the community and BRiC tenants.

Tickets for the May 21 event are $10 and available at workatbric.com/events. Cocktails and light bites will be served.

Award-winning contemporary artist Carol Prusa has a major solo exhibit coming to the Boca Raton Museum of Art in August. She is a professor of art at Florida Atlantic University, where she has taught for 19 years. At the BRiC event, she will explain how pre-industrial craft methods have evolved into laser etching, laser cutting and working with 3D printers and fiberglass.

Prusa, whose earliest artworks were in pencil, now incorporates fiber optics, video, laser etchings and other technologies to explore concepts of symmetry, infinity, the void and complexity of the universe in her curved, three-dimensional works.

As The Art Economist Magazine describes her work, “Carol Prusa creates a new vision of the powers of the universe in each artwork she makes. Inspired by cosmology and the natural sciences, Prusa creatively explores these practices, arriving at stunning re-interpretations of their theories.”

For information on the May 21st event and future BRiC programming, visit workatBRiC.com/events.

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BRIC Announces Programming Board, Strengthens Community Ties

Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) has tapped prominent business and community leaders to serve on its Programming Board, with a focus on developing unique events for the community and BRIC tenants. Crocker Partners, which owns BRIC – the 1.7 million-square-foot former IBM campus -- established the Board to advance the campus' role as "a place where innovation happens."

TEDxBocaRatonSalon: Ctrl + Alt + Delete Inventor Speaks

Ctrl + Alt + Delete is the “invention” essential to billions of personal computer users, worldwide, for nearly 40 years. Not only is its inventor, Dr. Dave Bradley, a question to a final Jeopardy answer in 2002, but he is also one of the “original 12” who built the personal computer. These two legacies have propelled Bradley (or Dr. Dave as many IBMers affectionately call him), into a cultural icon of sorts.

MobileHelp® Joins Boca Raton Innovation Campus' Tenant Roster

Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) has announced the latest addition to their campus with MobileHelp®. MobileHelp is a leader in mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) and healthcare management solutions, for both consumers and healthcare professionals.

BRIC is SFBJ's Terry Stiles Deal of the Year Winner

To Angelo Bianco at Crocker Partners, the Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) has stood out since its inception decades ago when it was touted for its Marcel Breuer architecture and housed IBM and its invention of the personal computer. Today, the 1.7 million-square-foot office park is the largest in the state, and one of the most advanced.

BRIC Provides Space To The Giving Tree Boca For Third-Consecutive Year

Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC) has welcomed The Giving Tree back to campus this month to prepare for their annual "Holiday Giving" program. The Giving Tree's mission is to provide holiday gifts for families in need. Their program consists of receiving wish lists from non-profits, case workers and low-income families...

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Crocker Partners, Rialto pay $179M for BRIC

Apr 06, 2018

Crocker Partners and Rialto Capital Management just paid $179.3 million for the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, in the biggest office sale in the tri-county region since…

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Boca Raton: IBM Pioneers Celebrate 50 Years

Nov 1, 2017

IBM is often credited with cementing the place on the map for this little city on the south end of Palm Beach County. And the company and an initial group of 12 engineers then went on to change the world...

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Shoes For Crews Moves to Boca Raton

Jul 17, 2018

The retail company will relocate to its new 37,000-square-foot office within the Boca Raton Innovation Campus from West Palm Beach, Fla., in March 2018.