SUNY New Paltz, Urbahn Architects and PC Construction have broken ground for a new $14 million, 19,500 s/f engineering innovation hub.
The hub was made possible thanks to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program, through which SUNY New Paltz was awarded $10 million in funding for its plans to improve economic development in New York State
The new, two-story campus structure will enhance SUNY New Paltz’s growing mechanical engineering program, house the headquarters and laboratories of the University’s Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center (HVAMC), provide space for potential business partners under the state’s START-UP NY program, and serve as a business incubator for technology and engineering startups in the mid-Hudson Valley.
SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian led the groundbreaking ceremony. He was accompanied by Urbahn Architects’ Principal-in-Charge Natale V. Barranco, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal Ranabir Sengupta, AIA, LEED AP, and project manager and Senior Associate Nandini Sengupta, LEED AP; and PC Construction’s Regional Manager and Construction Executive Edward A. Kellogg, Senior Project Manager Lowell Short, and Superintendent Scott Greenland.
According to Barranco, “The Innovation Hub will house faculty research and teaching labs, and a state-of-the-art 3D print prototyping lab to support the engineering program and the work of companies partnering with SUNY New Paltz and HVAMC. The building is designed to meet a LEED Silver sustainability certification.”
HVAMC, which has been providing education, guidance, CAD design, advice on materials used for additive manufacturing, and 3D printing services to SUNY New Paltz students and educators as well as to entrepreneurs and businesses since 2013, will operate a laboratory and offices in the new building.
The HVAMC’s collection of 3D printers constitutes some of the most advanced technology at any academic laboratory in the United States.
The building site, within SUNY New Paltz’s main campus, is a former parking lot located near the existing engineering building, Resnick Hall.
Urbahn has designed the Engineering Innovation Hub to allow for a potential expansion to the east if the program’s growth requires more space in the future.
Edward A. Kellogg, PC Construction Regional Manager and Construction Executive, said, “Relying on our team’s expertise in LEED certification procedures and the Lean Construction method, we will deliver a highly sustainable and energy efficient facility where engineering students can excel for years to come.”
The Hub’s project team also includes mechanical and electrical engineer Vanderweil Engineers, plumbing engineer CSA Group, structural engineer Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA), LEED consultant YR&G, civil engineer BET Engineering Consultants, landscape designer Edgewater Design, lighting designer Lumen Architecture, and cost estimator Ellana, Inc.