December 12, 2013
Grant to aid ZEN work
Part of the $5 million in state regional council subsidies awarded for
projects at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will
go toward outfitting Tech Valley High School's future home at the
Last month, Tech Valley High said it will move into
temporary space next fall at the NanoCollege because the ZEN Building at
the NanoCollege campus it is planning to move to from its East
Greenbush location won't be ready until 2015.
ZEN stands for Zero
Energy Nano. In addition to Tech Valley High, the building will house
the NanoCollege's growing clean energy operations, as well as
educational and workforce development programs.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said $1.5 million will be awarded to the Tech Valley
School Foundation to be used for its future 22,000-square-foot ZEN
space. The money is also supposed to pay for the Children's Museum of
Science and Technology — which was merged into the NanoCollege earlier
this year — to move from North Greenbush to the ZEN building.
$1.5 million is a small portion of what the Tech Valley High and CMOST
moves to Albany are expected to cost. The Capital Region Economic
Development Council application to the state said the money would go
toward funding a $12.5 million project that will use the high school and
the museum and a "fabrication" lab to encourage young people to become
interested in science.
The NanoCollege also received $3.5 million
to create a training center for software development entrepreneurs. The
facility, called the DO-IT Center, for Digital Data Open-Innovation
Training Center, will be inside ZEN once the building is complete,
NanoCollege officials said Thursday. Documents submitted by the regional
council show that the DO-IT Center will ultimately cost $17.5 million
and have a "Googleplex-like" environment, referring to Google's Silicon
The NanoCollege also received $125,000
through the regional council awards to run a business incubation
consortium called the Tech Valley NYS Certified Business Incubator.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy was given money to run a
similar consortium, although the RPI group will focus on biotechnology