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Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Steel Topping Ceremony at New TEC-SMART Facility in Malta

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8085, cell 378-3835,
FOR RELEASE: Monday, Aug. 3, 2009

TEC-SMART will be a state-of-the-art education facility that will allow Hudson Valley Community College to train the 500 to 600 technicians the Capital Region’s growing Tech Valley is expected to need in the next five to 10 years. Hudson Valley will produce a skilled workforce that companies like GLOBALFOUNDRIES, General Electric, SunPower Inc. and Alteris Renewables will employ.

WHAT: Steel Topping Ceremony
A Steel Topping Ceremony is a construction industry tradition in which the last steel beam of the structure is put into place. The beam is signed on the ground by construction workers and event participants before being hoisted in the air. It also includes the placing of an evergreen tree upon the structure to symbolize growth and bring luck. The United States, New York State and Local 12 Ironworker’s flags will be raised atop the structure too.

Thursday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m.


Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®)
Malta, NY

PARTICIPANTS: Drew Matonak, president, Hudson Valley Community College
Carolyn Curtis, vice president for Academic Affairs, Hudson Valley Community College
Joe Sarubbi, executive Director, TEC-SMART
Michael Kihn, principal, Perkins+Will (architects)
Bill Goodrich, CEO/president, LeChase Construction
BACKGROUND: TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies) will start offering classes in January 2010. It will feature more than a dozen state-of-the art classrooms and laboratories to train workers in semiconductor manufacturing and clean energy technologies, including alternative fuels, photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy. The facility will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification “Gold” from the U.S. Green Building Council.