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10/25/2011
Hudson Valley Community College Breaks Ground on $35 Million High-Technology Science Center; Outlines Plans for $19 Million in Renovations
New facilities place college at forefront of bio-manufacturing and biotechnology training

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

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Hudson Valley Community College broke ground today in a ceremonial celebration of the construction of its new technologically-advanced science center.

Construction of the $35 million, 100,000-square-foot center began this summer and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. Plans also were outlined for renovations and upgrades to Amstuz Hall and Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, other science-related areas, for which another $19 million in funding was secured by the college in conjunction with this new project.

Twenty-five fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories in the new science center will provide for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, earth science and forensics. The center also will house 11 classrooms, faculty and staff offices, conference spaces, a science study center and a greenhouse. The building will offer students the opportunity to explore emerging technologies and master the use of cutting-edge equipment in preparation for continuing their education at leading colleges and universities throughout the country or entering the workforce in various scientific capacities.

Rensselaer County and the State of New York each contributed $27 million in funding for the project.

"Hudson Valley has always embraced progress, and continues to move forward in specialized scientific arenas with this new Science Center. Recognizing that innovation in science is key to the 21st century, we will be offering students the tools they need for a critical science education," said Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak.

The college recognizes that the Capital Region is continuing to grow as a biotechnology/bio-manufacturing hub, with increasing demands for qualified scientists and technicians. Hudson Valley's science programs, including Biotechnology, Biological Science, Physical Science and Environmental Science, are an integral link between the companies seeking skilled employees and those seeking training and employment.

Since 2005, the college has seen an enrollment increase of 30 percent in biology, chemistry and physics courses, and the number of course sections being taught has increased 26 percent. Our highly respected science program graduates bring a solid educational foundation to the job market or to other institutions of higher learning. Graduates are qualified to find employment locally with such institutions as Albany Medical Center, Albany Molecular Research Institute, Atotech, GlobalFoundries, Regeneron, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany Biotech Center, NYS Police Forensics Investigations Center and Wadsworth Labs.

In an era that demands attention to environmental responsibility, the center is planned to achieve LEED Silver-certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The center will feature stringent air quality control, day lighting, energy and water conservation systems and reduced carbon emissions in its operation. The college's TEC-SMART facility in Malta recently received LEED Platinum-certification, the highest certification awarded by the LEED program. Hudson Valley is one of only seven community colleges in the nation, the first community college in New York State, and one of only four colleges altogether in NYS to achieve Platinum-certification, joining the ranks of Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca College and Cooper Union.

Mosaic Associates of East Greenbush, a firm that has been in business since 1865 and specializes in the design of educational facilities, collaborated on the design of the building with science facility design firm Payette of Boston. Other consultants include RG Vanderweil and Capital Region-based Ryan-Biggs and The LA Group.

U.W. Marx Construction Company is the project manager, administering from conceptual stage through planning, the design, construction, start-up and contract close-out of the overall project. U.W. Marx's responsibilities also include general program management, financial management, scheduling, planning, procurement, design management and construction management.

A number of other firms will partner to complete the facility, including Jerson Construction Group, LLC; Stone Bridge Iron & Steel, Inc.; AFI Glass & Architectural Metal, Inc.; Bette & Cring, LLC; Campito Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; T. Lemme Mechanical, Inc.; Comalli Group, Inc.; Spencer-Virnoche, Inc.; Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C.; and Condor Fire Sprinkler, LLC.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.

Statements of Support for the Science Center

"Hudson Valley is a leader in providing students with the tools they need in today's competitive business world. This new Science Center is an investment in the future and will ensure that Hudson Valley is at the forefront in biomedical and biotechnology education. I want to congratulate everyone involved in the success of this project," said Senator Roy McDonald.

"The impact this new Science Center will have on the Capital Region can best be summed up in three words: Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! As the Capital Region continues to establish itself as the global destination for nano-science and other emerging technologies, Hudson Valley Community College is positioning itself to prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow and the promising opportunities they bring, " said NYS Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari.

"Hudson Valley Community College plays a vital role for our students and businesses as they provide the training and educational opportunities for the jobs of today and tomorrow and I am certain this facility will only augment the good work that is already being done here. I want to congratulate all of the partners in this endeavor who have made this project possible and wish the students the greatest of success," said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino.

"Hudson Valley Community College is one of the leading two-year institutions in the country and projects like the Science Center demonstrate the college's educational excellence. The Rensselaer County Legislature is proud to be a partner in this important project and to continue working to move the college forward," said Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Martin Reid.

"SUNY will be the economic engine for New York and we are essential for workforce development in STEM-related fields," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "I congratulate Hudson Valley Community College and President Drew Matonak for conceptualizing and bringing to fruition a high-tech center that promises to advance the college's educational mission in the sciences, serving not just our students and faculty but also the surrounding community and all of New York State."

"Our strategic partnership with PAYETTE, coupled with the expertise and synergy of our entire team created a strong foundation for the project's success during design. As we transition into construction, we look forward to seeing this flagship facility come to fruition, marking a major achievement in Mosaic's history, for Hudson Valley Community College and the region," said Hana Panek, partner, Mosaic Associates. "Hudson Valley has distinguished itself as a true model for the region's initiatives in science and technology. We are proud to support this mission of educational advancement and economic development through our own work in this community."

"Vanderweil Engineers is pleased to be the chosen MEP design partner in this highly sustainable science building. The forward-thinking Hudson Valley team enabled the design team to develop strategies that will provide significant savings in energy and water, all within the constraints of their budget. This project will serve as model, both in execution and design for years to come." said Ronald Manganaro, associate principal and project manager for the Mechanical Systems Design at Vanderweil Engineers.

"As Program and Construction Manager for the New Science Center, U.W. Marx is proud to partner with HVCC and the talented and skilled members of the design and construction teams to deliver this state-of-the-art facility. U.W. Marx applauds HVCC's vision in constructing this new science building by applying 'new sciences of building' through integrated sustainable design and construction using the US Green Building Council's (R) LEED Ratings System as a guide," said Chuck Dollard, director of marketing for U.W. Marx Construction Company.

"Payette was very pleased to collaborate with the College and Mosaic to develop unique programming components that treat scientific actions and materials in new and innovative ways, taking building design and occupant safety into consideration throughout the design process," said David Feth, AIA, principal of Payette. "By relocating traditional building features to address specific usage requirements, the building program, sustainable agenda, public safety and building orientation combine to create a unique and inventive design solution that will help to put Hudson Valley Community College into a trajectory that rivals some of the best scientific institutions in the country."