In April of 2002, the PRE purchased the area of a former German Federal Railway freight depot from the city of Kaiserslautern. After extensive investigations regarding contaminated soil and explosive ordnance, the PRE as the city’s trustee in terms of infrastructure development built a completely new infrastructure with roads and a technical infrastructure.

In the following years, the PRE managed to get a Fraunhofer Center with two Fraunhofer institutes and the possibility of a third one, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, and other renowned institutes and institutions to settle there.