August 21, 2014
By: Larry Rulison
Source: Times Union
Tech Valley High School is finally home.
several years at two different locations in Rensselaer County, state and
local officials held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday for the high school's
new $8.5 million location on the Albany campus of SUNY Polytechnic
Institute, formerly known as the College of Nanoscale Science and
Tech Valley High, which is a collaboration of two
local BOCES districts, will only stay in the new, 25,000 square-foot
building for one academic year before moving into its permanent home on
the SUNY Poly campus — the currently-under-construction ZEN building —
sometime next summer.
Although placing a high school on a college
campus is unusual, the concept is part of SUNY Poly's educational role
to serve children from pre-K to graduate school. A children's science
museum will also be located in the ZEN building, which will operate as a
living lab and classroom at the same time.
"It is vital that we
prepare our young people to enter the increasingly global and high-tech
workforce that is taking shape around us," said Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of
SUNY Poly. "The sooner we can begin that process, the better."
Poly, which specializes in semiconductor manufacturing and research,
recently split from the University at Albany and has aligned itself with
the former SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, creating a high-tech
university covering many technologies.
In addition to its campuses
in Albany and Utica, the school has established research and
manufacturing sites across the state spanning from Saratoga County to
Buffalo, with solar technology becoming an increasing focus in addition
to computer chip manufacturing.
Once completed next year, the $191 million ZEN building
(the ZEN stands for zero-energy nanotechnology) will serve as a
zero-energy building that will house not only the high school and the
museum, but also the school's renewable energy departments and many
corporate tenants. It will also house a state data center.