Quonset Points


November 2008

In This Issue
Global Leader Opens Quonset HQ
Water Conservation Initiatives
Bike Path Bids Opened
Honoring Paul Sams
Global Diagnostic Leader Opens
New Quonset Headquarters

Unetixs Vascular has opened its new Quonset headquarters. The company is an international leader in the design and manufacture of instruments for the diagnoses of vascular disease. The new 30,000 sq.ft. headquarters in the Business Park houses the company's R&D, design, manufacturing, sales and education operations. Unetixs made the decision to purchase land, construct its facility and expand in the Quonset Business Park after having to vacate a smaller leased facility to make way for the Air National Guard expansion. QDC leadership was instrumental in crafting a flexible package that kept the company at Quonset.  Unetixs, which employs 42 people, also has a training facility at Quonset where medical personnel can learn how to use the company's equipment.
Forum Highlights QDC's Careful
Stewardship of Water Resources

Quonset's water conservation initiatives were highlighted at a recent forum sponsored by the Coalition of Water Security.  The forum provided an overview of the challenges facing Southern Rhode Island's shared water supply. QDC Managing Director Steven J. King, P.E. told the group that the Business Park only allows outdoor watering at night and bans it entirely during drought conditions.  Businesses at the Park also get a 25 percent rebate for installing low-flow toilets and faucets.  QDC also uses low-flow fixtures, stores rainwater in cisterns for outdoor watering and landscapes with drought-resistant plants.

The forum discussed the nearly ten-fold increase in household water use during the summer, due largely to the watering of lawns and gardens.  State and local officials at the forum said new conservation efforts were needed to address this, and other, water supply challenges. 
Bike Path Construction to Begin Soon
Welcome New Amenity for the
Business Park and N. Kingstown
The bids for the Quonset Business Park shared use bike path were opened on November 6, 2008. The tentative low bidder is Fleet Construction with a price of $1.35 million. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the month.  The North Kingstown public works department will work with the Quonset team to monitor progress and keep abutting residents informed about developments during construction..

The 2.4 mile, 12-foot wide bike and pedestrian path will be sited along the northern and western boundaries of the Quonset Business Park.
Business Park Roundabout
Named in Honor of Paul Sams

Recognizing the significant contribution and unwavering dedication of  former Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) Board Vice Chair M. Paul Sams, the QDC Board voted Monday  to name the new roundabout serving Davisville Road, Gate Road and Romano Vineyard Way in his honor. Sams brought his insight and thoughtful contribution to Quonset, serving first on the board of the Quonset Davisville Management Corporation and then on the QDC Board.  A retired Marine Colonel, Sams was the commanding officer of the Marine Barracks at Quonset Point between 1969 and 1972. He passed away unexpectedly on January 17, 2008.