9/10/2013 8:35:12 AM
Times Union: Kiernan Plaza now a new destination
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Kiernan Plaza began its existence 114 years ago as a grand train station. On Monday afternoon, a throng of local and state officials joined business leaders to offer details on its new role as a transit point for a different kind of technology.
The former Union Station, a renovated beaux-arts gem that has stood empty since 2009, will serve as the new corporate headquarters for the credit union SEFCU and the national engineering firm CHA, and will house a new regional office of the Arkansas-based networking firm Windstream Communications.
The new tenants, who plan to move in within two months, arrive as the building is rebranded as the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center, or SCiTI.
CNSE's Senior Vice President and CEO Alain Kaloyeros evoked the building's origins in his remarks at the announcement.
"For the city of Albany — in fact, the Capital Region and the state of New York — the opening of Union Station marked the birth of not only a landmark, but a hub for innovation," he said. The building's new connection to nanotechnology, Kaloyeros continued, will give it a role in "the next industrial revolution."