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Construction ­nderway on Binghamton ­niversity's Center of Excellence Facility

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Binghamton University's Center of Excellence

The two-story glass, metal and stone building will feature open laboratory space, a symposium hall, and University offices.

Credit: Binghampton University

Binghamton University, State University of New York, on Wednesday (Oct. 13) launched construction of its New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) building in a ceremony attended by elected officials, local leaders and University representatives. The facility will connect with the Biotechnology and the Engineering and Science buildings, which are both part of the University's Innovative Technologies Complex.

The new $30 million, 114,000-square-foot Center of Excellence building will provide space for expansion and consolidation of S3IP and its interdisciplinary, inter-institutional teams of scientists and engineers. The facility will help bridge critical scientific, technology, commercialization and education gaps, and support collaborative partnerships in energy-efficient electronic systems, systems integration and packaging, flexible electronics, autonomous solar power, advanced materials and sensors, and healthcare/life sciences.

View a video showing animated images of the S3IP facility.

"This building will solidify Binghamton University's position as a world leader in small scale systems packaging," says Interim President C. Peter Magrath. "This facility will connect people and ideas, accelerate discovery in this growing field, and develop further our commitment to partnerships with industry. The research, education and outreach of those who will be housed in this building will make a significant contribution to this region and to New York State."

It is estimated that this new building, which will provide a $15.9 million annual economic impact and support more than 180 jobs per year in the region during its construction, will ensure that Binghamton University continues as a leader—advancing new electronic technologies and sustaining a highly educated work force in this essential field. New York's Southern Tier has long been a hub for microelectronics research. Binghamton University's New York State Center of Excellence in S3IP builds on this legacy through high-impact research that supports the translation of economically significant microelectronic innovations to U.S. industry. S3IP is a proven innovation leader, generating more than $700 million in economic impact through partnerships with national and international industries on collaborative, pre-competitive research.

"Research is a key driver for innovation and technology development," says Interim Vice President of Research Bahgat Sammakia. "Our research at the Center of Excellence has always been conducted in strong partnership with industry, and we are fully committed to research that has a broad and transformational impact on the community. This building will create spaces and infrastructure that bring together our faculty, scientists and students with engineers and scientists from industry to work on key technical advancements."

The two-story glass, metal and stone building will feature versatile, open laboratory space, a symposium hall and offices that support the University's ongoing and expanding industry partnerships.

Featuring in-house design, planning and construction management, this building will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, incorporating energy-efficient windows and skylights for maximum use of daylight, green roof applications and the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control.


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