Last October, Empire State Development Upstate President Dennis M. Mullen cut an organic, compostable, natural “ribbon” at the dedication of Clarkson’s new 16,000-square-foot Technology Advancement Center (TAC).
Clarkson Trustee Chair Everett G. Foster and President Tony Collins joined Mullen and NYSTAR Executive Director Edward Reinfurt, along with trustees, honored guests, faculty, students and members of New York’s public and private sector, for the “green” ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“The initiative is an example of a university/industry partnership designed to support technological research and promote economic growth in the region,” said President Collins. “We are grateful for those who share in our vision and who encourage us to do more to bring research and innovation to the marketplace.”
Connecting the main library and computing space with the University’s largest academic teaching building, TAC provides laboratory and collaboration space for accelerating the development of research, especially in the fields of renewable energy and clean manufacturing technology.
TAC was constructed with a $5 million grant from Empire State Development, the State of New York’s economic development leader and a development partner with Clarkson on its downtown campus technology and business incubator project.
TAC will also serve as the northern satellite of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (CoE). CoE is a public/private research and development partnership established by NYSTAR to promote the creation of jobs and wealth by developing technologies to improve health, productivity, security and sustainability in built and urban environments. The Clarkson project will enable CoE to apply its mission to rural environments, which create significant renewable energy resource opportunities.
In addition to research laboratories, work areas supporting K-12 outreach programming will be provided to encourage college bound students to pursue technological careers through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program.
The space also includes meeting and training rooms for faculty/student research teams to collaborate with industrial researchers on energy projects currently funded by state agencies, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and related industries.
The University is working to achieve LEED Gold Certification for TAC, which is designed and constructed in accordance with Clarkson’s commitment to the environment. TAC’s heating, air conditioning and electrical power requirements will be met not by a central power plant and high voltage transmission lines, but by three small microturbine units. The system is 62-percent efficient, versus the 30-percent efficiency of a central power system.
See video of the TAC dedication at