Expanding Engineering

By Haley Burton

November 15, 2011 Updated Nov 15, 2011 at 8:08 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University moves engineering and research forward with a state of the art facility.

It's celebrating the grand opening that completes a $66 million project. It will accommodate the expansion of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

"Since I am pretty blunt, this is a hell of a building. It is an incredible engineering and science building," said Peter C. Magrath, President at Binghamton University.

The ceremony was attended by by elected officials, local leaders and University representatives. The building started construction in 2008.

"The most important aspect of this building is that it will enhance the quality of the academic mission. That our students will take part in. This is a significant asset to our students whether they are freshmen or PHD students," said Krishnaswami Srihari, Dean of the Thomas J. Watson Engineering and Applied Sciences School.

The building cost $66 million dollars. It's a two-story glass, metal and stone building that accommodates the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The new building adds about 125,000 square feet to the University Innovative Technologies Complex.

"It's a great economic engine for this community," said Patrick Brennan (D), Broome County Executive.

The building features state-of-the-art, flexible student and research laboratory space, as well as suites for new business start-ups and offices that support the University’s industry partnerships.

Funding for the building was secured by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and State Senator Thomas Libous.

"The Governor established Regional Economic Development Councils based on partnerships between academia and business. As you know, right here in the Southern Tier, Binghamton University is central to that vision," said Donna Lupardo (D), NYS 126th Assembly.

"I don't want to create jobs. I want to create careers. That's what Binghamton University is doing," said Thomas Libous (R), NYS 52nd Senate.

The building is also green. It is tracking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards. It has geothermal technology for heating and cooling, energy-efficient windows and skylights to allow for maximum use of daylight.

Binghamton University estimates that during its construction the last three years, the building provided $112 million in economic impact and supported more than1,500 jobs in the region.

The facility is located next to the Biotechnology Building, which is part of the University’s Innovative Technologies Complex.