MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — Louis Berger has formed a partnership with three companies to create the Newport Project Development Company (NPDC), which will develop the Innovation and Resiliency Center of Excellence (Innovation Hub) in Newport, Rhode Island in partnership with the City of Newport. The nearly 60-acre center will be a model for coastal cities across the world for integrated resilience and leadership innovation. The consortium includes InfraLinx, a project development and finance company; Gilbane, a construction company based in Rhode Island; and Dentons, an international law firm.

aerial photo of Newport, Rhode Island
The City of Newport, Rhode Island, is located on the seaside of Aquidneck Island. The City’s leaders are taking innovative strides to preserve its coast and foster its community’s resilience and economic growth now and into the future.

“Louis Berger is helping create a new type of focused development centered on studying, testing and expanding knowledge related to resiliency,” said Raed EL-Farhan, senior vice president and global water market sector lead. “The Innovation Hub will completely change Newport’s future and will serve as a model for improving coastal resiliency and boosting economic growth.” 

Newport, Rhode Island, historically has been one of America’s most important coastal hubs. Its location nurtured a local economy centered on sailing and other nautical activities that have made it a prime destination for prestigious sailing events. Newport’s waters also have served national defense interests. 

Today, Newport is facing an important turning point to ensure that its future is as rich as its past. Its location on the seaside of Aquidneck Island makes the city vulnerable to violent weather events while its coastline is threatened by rising sea levels. Along with environmental challenges, the city also faces the challenge of revamping its local infrastructure to support markets that new technology has introduced.

The Innovation Hub is fusing the region’s need for knowledge, economic growth and job creation. The increased opportunity to educate people in coastal resilience will help Newport plan for long term solutions to rising sea levels. The additional economic development opportunities will help the city increase its revenue and provide residents with jobs. 

Once complete, the Innovation Hub will include a renewable biomass energy micro-grid, a luxury hotel, training through a school accelerator program and serve as a green jobs bank. The project also will include alignment of the Pell Bridge and other feasible projects identified by the city. Collaboratively, as the NPDC, the organization plans to work with developers, investors and lenders to build the Innovation Hub. Louis Berger serves as primary advisor and strategic partner for this project. Infralinx, another consortium partner, serves as the project developer and head of the NPDC.

About Louis Berger
Louis Berger is a $1 billion global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges. We are a trusted partner to national, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry clients worldwide. By focusing on client needs to deliver quality, safe, financially-successful projects with integrity, we are committed to deliver on our promise to provide Solutions for a better world. 

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