Construction Of Nanotech Center At SUNYIT Is Underway; Only On Eyewitness News
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#1 Jun 26, 2013
This is awesome news.
#2 Jun 26, 2013
Construction of the highly-anticipated nanotechnology center at SUNYIT is officially underway. The development of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center, or 'Quad-C' will bring leading researchers in nanotechnology onto the SUNYIT campus.
In a story you'll only see on Eyewitness News, reporter Rachel Polansky gets a first-hand look at the project. It's been nearly 4 years since officials announced plans for Quad-C and today those visions became a reality. This project will bring jobs and businesses from all over the world right here to the Mohawk Valley.
"It is a true partnership between higher education and industry," says John Swann, Director of Public Affairs and Associate Vice President at SUNYIT.
Quad-C is a partnership between SUNYIT and the University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, or CNSE. Officials say CNSE has seen tremendous success over the last decade and Quad-C has the potential to follow in it's footsteps.
"From an undeveloped space a little more than a dozen to 15 years ago, we now see a multi-billion dollar enterprise that has had a major economic impact on that region, and in a way this will replicate that there," says Swann.
The Quad-C project will create 300 technology manufacturing jobs over three years and serve as a hub for nanotechnology.
One key visionary says he was part of the Silicon Valley and he knows how to transform CNY into the next hi-tech region.
"Look at the history of the Silicon Valley and how it grew over time. The number of manufacturing jobs and number of research jobs and just jobs increased significantly. When I saw the opportunity at SUNYIT a few months back, I was very excited to come here," says Jim Lloyd, Vice President of Administration at SUNYIT.
Lloyd worked in the Silicon Valley for 20 years and he says a lot of technology invented there was centered around Stanford University. He sees that parallel in the Mohawk Valley.
"SUNYIT would be the seed like Standford university was in Silicon Valley for this region; to bring manufacturing in and hi-tech companies in," says Lloyd.
"Certainly for the people that live and work on the SUNYIT campus, but really an exciting time for us and for the entire region," says Swann.
Contractors will be breaking ground all this month on the SUNYIT campus, and they expect to be pouring concrete by August. Completion is expected by the end o
#3 Jun 26, 2013
Wow,where are all the people that said it could not be done. Very quite tonight? Cat got your tongue?
#4 Jun 26, 2013
You people are really touching yourself. Lol
#5 Jun 27, 2013
and I'm touching a bungwhole with my tongue right now, can anybody tell me why I like to do it?
#6 Jun 27, 2013
Local realtors estimate all homes in Utica-Rome market will increase 78% in value by Sept. 1. Also, realtors report 81% of all homes for sale in Cornhill have an existing purchase offer on them. Utica mayor declares an immediate housing shortage.
Governor will visit area on Monday to call an emergency press conference.
#7 Jun 27, 2013
You can make spoons, you'll go far, on shaft.
#8 Jun 27, 2013
I use spoons on manwholes when there's a nice steady stream of leakage. My Mammy taught me that.
#9 Jun 27, 2013
With the construction of the nanotech site all available housing is being bought up. The politicians have hit a grand slam. All vacant lots in Utica will see new housing put up.
#10 Jun 27, 2013
No the Bulldozer is touching the ground. You said it would never happen. How does it feel to be wrong?
#16 Jun 30, 2013
A 125 million dollar facility? Lol. It's a government handout. Lol
#17 Jun 30, 2013
Lol, you said it would not happen.
It’s really happening.
After four years of waiting and wondering whether SUNYIT actually would get the multimillion dollar nanotechnology complex promised by state officials in 2009, ground is being broken at the site.
Not by politicians with spotless shovels, but by real workers with heavy machinery.
The $125 million Computer Chip Commercialization Center, known as the Quad C, is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, said Alain Kaloyeros, senior vice president and CEO of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Technology, which is partnering with SUNYIT in the venture.
The annual operating budget is expected to exceed $500 million, he said.
“Residents will see new opportunities to build high-tech careers in their own backyard,” he said.“Business owners will find new clients and customers. And the quality of life — including the arts, recreation, entertainment and shopping districts — will reflect a new vibrancy that will benefit the entire community.”
Officials close to the project have hedged about how many jobs there will be, but in a previous announcement, when the project was expected to be smaller, there were set to be about 900 jobs.
Quad C is being funded through a public-private sector partnership and is linked to Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The chips that will be researched and developed at SUNYIT will be used in everything from phones to medical devices.
“It’s the foundation for a lot of good things that are going to happen,” said Steve DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley EDGE economic development agency.“It’s going to change the dynamics of the regional economy.”
Becoming a reality
In a region that has been burned before by promises from the state and other economic development boondoggles, many were skeptical of the 2009 announcement.
And for a period, their fears appeared to be warranted: When it was first announced, the project was expected to cost $45 million, bring 450 jobs and be complete early in 2013. Despite a ground-breaking ceremony in the fall of 2010, however, no construction started.
Then, in 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced another $45 million for the project and upped the number of expected jobs to 900.
Still, nothing materialized.
Finally, in early May of this year, SUNY officials said the project had grown in size and scope and would now cost $125 million. And as June progressed, trailers began to arrive at the site and preliminary construction begun.
Kaloyeros said he understands the area’s skepticism, and that people in the Albany area also had doubted nanotechnology initiatives there would materialize and grow.
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