HOLMDEL – In a building that was once the center of technology, two young innovators are creating a home for those who dream of starting up their own companies.
At the center of the 472-acre former Bell Labs property sits a 2 million square foot building designed by Eero Sarineen built in 1963. In its heyday Bell Labs was home to world-renowned scientists – including seven Nobel laureates – whose discoveries include the transistor, the laser and the cell phone.
Work is now underway at the long-vacant building, as Somerset Development restores and repurposes the facility into a mixed use project of hotel, retail and office space call Bell Works.
Chris Pallé and Sean Donohue, co-founders of vi, a coworking, education and incubation firm that was inspired by the words “viable” and “innovation” and is pronounced “vie,” believe that the site is the perfect space for their company.