News

September 06, 2011

Nanocollege (Quietly) Begins Expansion Construction

By: Chris Churchill, Staff Writer

Source: Times Union

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has begun construction on a new building opposite its Washington Avenue complex — as is obvious to anyone who has driven the Albany road or nearby highways. The frame of the structure is clearly visible.

But the UAlbany college isn’t saying much about the building or what it will contain, even though it’s likely that taxpayers are helping to fund the project. “Is there something going on out there?” NanoCollege spokesman Steve Janack wryly told the TU’s Larry Rulison for a piece that ran Sunday.

The construction that’s occuring now has nothing to do with the planned reconstruction of the Fuller Road intersection — a project designed, at least in part, to create more room for NanoCollege growth. From Larry’s story (which isn’t online):

Last year the state Department of Environmental Conservation described the (NanoCollege) project in one of its bulletins, saying it would be built in two phases.

The first building would be nearly 200,000 square feet … A second phase would include two new buildings totaling 300,000 square feet, as well as a parking garage and a ground-level parking lot.