(WKTV) - New York State Lt. Governor Robert Duffy made the trip in from Albany on Thursday to Marcy to commemorate the end of phase one in the building of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center, also known as Quad-C at SUNYIT.
Quad-C is just the first of a number of buildings that will make up the public-private partnership known as Nano Utica, and is expected to bring with it 1,500 new jobs.
Duffy called the completion of phase one, which came three weeks early, a milestone that should be celebrated.
"That construction on the Quad-C facility is ahead of schedule, helps to ensure the continued development and utilization of everything that the Mohawk Valley has to offer," he said.
The completion of phase one was celebrated by placing the last steel beam in what is called a 'topping off,' where the beam is painted white and signed by members of the construction crew, and then lowered into place with a tree on top as a symbol of growth and luck.
Quad-C will be completed by the end of 2014. The 253,000-square-foot facility will include 56,000 square-feet of Class 1 capable cleanroom space stacked on two levels. An annual operating budget of more than $500 million will support 1,500 high-tech jobs and the establishment of groundbreaking academic programs and cutting-edge workforce training opportunities.
Also on hand for Thursday's ceremony were a number of local elected officials, including Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
Picente says it's important to recognize milestones such as this one in such a huge project.
"It tells everyone that we've got our eye on the ball, that this area, this region, this state, is looking ahead each and every time we acknowledge what has been done here."
The completion date for Quad-C is set for Dec. 20.