Biotech Nine is home to Altria's Center for Research and Technology. Opened in late 2007, it employs approximately 600 scientists, engineers and support staff. The Center is designed to promote collaboration and creativity and to develop technologies that improve Altria Group’s operating companies’ current products and lead to innovative new products. This state-of-the-art research center is the largest single private sector investment in the Research Park and the City of Richmond. In addition to the main research and office building, the project also includes a 900-car parking structure, Central Utility Plant and Innovation Park, a three-quarter acre urban park and gathering place with water features, landscaping, and permanent all-weather pavilion.