September 26, 2011

We Asked, No One Told


Source: Times Union

As many people know, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany has refused to discuss the expansion now under way to the north of Washington Avenue Extension.

The school, despite the visibility of the construction, has declined to provide information about the building's purpose, cost, funding source, design -- anything. The Times Union has learned, from other sources, that the building, designed by EYP Architecture & Engineering, is the first phase of a two-part expansion that will ultimately comprise about 500,000 square feet of space.

The first building -- called Fab X or Fab West -- is a chip fabrication plant, while the second building is planned as a zero-energy, or ZEN, building dedicated to clean-energy research.

But expect the school to reveal a bit more on Oct. 3 and 4. That's when it's hosting a symposium on nanotechnology with many industry bigwigs and prominent politicos on the guest list.

Among the expected attendees: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Oh, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will give a keynote speech.