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SUNYIT breaks ground on technology complex

By CAROLINE GABLE

MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Nanotechnology education at SUNYIT began taking a new shape Thursday with the groundbreaking of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center.

The $127.5 million state-of-the-art facility will take over space that is currently a parking lot.

Growth can be seen all over campus, with construction finishing up on a new dorm, field house, and a student center.

Construction on the technology complex makes the Marcy Nanotechnology site more attractive, with the future promise of a skilled workforce and stimulus.

The three story structure will allow cutting edge technology companies to partner with SUNYIT to benefit both students and the local economy. The Center for the Advanced Technology will have laboratory, computing and classroom facilities for students and researchers.

The building itself is going to be a piece of technology with photovoltaic solar panels, energy efficient features and a green roof. Corporate and research partners will also have space in the "Quad C" are also known as the new Computer Chip Commercialization Center.

"Here is a true government, and industry academic partnership that this ground breaking symbolizes, it is kick starting what we have been talking about all the promises we have been talking about we are delivering now with this ground breaking," said Dr. Wolf Yeigh, the President of SUNYIT.

Private companies are already using space on campus to start their initiatives.

Nfrastructure Chairman and CEO Daniel Pickett III says his company just couldn't wait to begin.

"While the building is being constructed, we are going to move into temporary space at the school," Pickett said. "We have already already located that space because the projects that we have and the opportunities that we have are right here right now."

President Yeigh hopes to see the building completed within two years time.

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