Har Hotzvim was established in the early 1970s to be the leading high-tech industrial park in Jerusalem. Since its founding, it has grown to become one of the largest technological centers in Israel, accommodating offices of billion-dollar Israeli brands like Teva and Mobileye. Over 10,000 people are employed on the campus and its capacity continues to expand.
More Offices, More Tech
Solel Boneh – Israel’s oldest and largest construction company – recently won a tender to construct one of the most ambitious projects in the technological park. Located at 14 E.S. Artom Street, the RAD Tower (named for the RAD Group) will stand a total of 27 storeys and provide an additional 52,000 square meters of professional space to the area.
The building will not be all that it seems, however. Only 17 floors will be used for office space. The remaining ten floors will be underground. Six underground levels will serve as commuter parking and four will host a server farm. The four-storey data center will be the largest in the Middle East and will ensure security for Israel’s cloud-based future.
The 200 million shekel project will be marketed by Index Real Estate and has an optimistic completion date of 2020.
Small road improvements will be made gradually, according to Deputy Mayor Tamir Nir, but with greater capacity will come more automobile traffic. The Jerusalem Municipality is also preparing some major upgrades to the infrastructure in the area including:
- Connecting Shlomo Momo Street to Kiryat HaMada Street.
- Improving traffic conditions at the entrance to Hartom Street.
- Digging an additional entry tunnel between Kiryat HaMada Street and E.S. Artom Street.
Contrary to the planned road improvements, the municipality does not see a future where most commuters will rely on their cars. The blue line of the Jerusalem light rail will eventually be an option for travelers. A 2.2 kilometer underground tunnel running from downtown Jerusalem to the entrance of Har Hotzvim will bypass rush hour traffic, offering a fast and efficient automobile alternative (see the interactive light rail map for more details).