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10/02/2013
Officials to Gather for Ceremonial Opening of College's New Science Center on Oct. 10

MEDIA CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

What: Hudson Valley Community College will host the official opening of its $47.4 million, 100,000-square-foot Science Center.

Who: Leaders from local, state and federal government as well as the State University of New York; President Andrew J. Matonak, college board members, faculty, staff and students of the college; and business and construction partners have been invited to join the opening celebration.

When: 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Where: Science Center courtyard, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, New York. Parking is available in the college visitor lot, located just north of the Science Center. Enter campus at Holliday Drive and turn right.

Details: As the Capital Region’s STEM and healthcare-related industries continue to grow, the demand for qualified scientists and technicians continues to increase. The new Science Center, supported by Rensselaer County and the State of New York, helps Hudson Valley serve as a bridge between companies seeking skilled employees and those seeking training and employment. Several of the college’s industry partners, including Regeneron, AMRI and Taconic are among the largest manufacturers in the region, and many of those employers continue to expand their workforce thanks, in part, to Hudson Valley.

Classes in the new building began on Aug. 26, the first day of the Fall 2013 academic term. More than 7,500 Hudson Valley students this fall are studying in the Science Center, which offers 25 laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, biomanufacturing, earth science and forensics. The building contains 11 classrooms, faculty offices, conference and computer lab spaces, a science study center and a greenhouse.

The Science Center is expected to achieve a LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, marking it sustainable, energy-efficient new construction. Mosaic Associates of East Greenbush collaborated with Payette of Boston on the building’s design. U.W. Marx Construction Company served as the project manager. Several other local firms were a part of the construction of the facility. Visit www.hvcc.edu/sciencecenter for photos and more information.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.