EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL-A joint venture of Pittsburgh-based Dick Corp. and El Paso-based Hunt Development Group has been awarded a $250-million contract to design, develop, finance and construct Eglin Air Force’s Emerald Coast Technology and Research Center. The project involves the ground lease of approximately 98 acres adjacent to the Eglin West Main Gate.

The proposed development, which will include approximately 1.1 million sf of class A office, technology and research space, will be anchored by the University of Florida’s Research Education & Engineering Facility. It will be supported by undergraduate and graduate level research and training facilities, student housing and amenities such as a conference center with hotel, health wellness center, extended stay hotel, restaurant, child development center and space for an Okaloosa County EDC incubator project.

Hunt Development Group is led by president Gary Sapp and Dick Corp is led by co-chairmen David Dick and Douglas Dick. Neither company could be reached for comment by

The joint venture is known as Eglin Properties LLC. Development and management services will be provided by Landings Real Estate Group and design services will be provided by Laurel, MD-based Greenhorne & O’Mara and Pensacola-based Bullock Tice Associates, which are currently designing the University of Florida’s Research Education & Engineering Facility.

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