This modern, two-story, 19,500-square-foot academic building will support and diversify New Paltz’s rapidly growing engineering programs, and foster collaboration between the College and local industry and create opportunities for students and faculty.
The building was made possible by a $10 million NYSUNY2020 grant, awarded by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014 as part of an expansive, statewide effort to support academic programs that translate directly into economic development in New York State.
“Today’s opening of the Engineering Innovation Hub at SUNY New Paltz is another great example of the growth of our high-tech sector in the Mid-Hudson Valley that will result in jobs and economic expansions throughout the region. We will continue to partner with higher education institutions and industry leaders to bring these types of visions into reality to inspire New York’s newest generation of innovators.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
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“The Engineering Innovation Hub houses industry-leading equipment to support our students and faculty as well as the work of companies partnering with the College through 3D design and printing. This investment is projected to yield a regional economic impact of more than $75 million, and about 195 jobs, over ten years. On behalf of the College, I extend our deepest thanks to the Governor and his team for recognizing the value of this project.”
SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian
New Paltz welcomed several distinguished guests for the ceremonial opening, including SUNY Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Tod A. Laursen; New York State Assemblymember of the 103rd District and 1977 alumnus Kevin A. Cahill; Max Cordella, deputy chief of staff for the Office of New York State Senator of the 42nd District Jen Metzger; Tom Scaglione, Hudson Valley region representative for New York State Department of Labor; and Dylan Miyoshi, Hudson Valley regional representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo; Meghan Taylor, vice president and regional director of Empire State Development; and many more industry partners, private supporters, students, faculty and staff.
New York-based Urbahn Architects designed the Engineering Innovation Hub to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver sustainability certification requirements. Construction was led by general contractor PC Construction of Poughkeepsie, New York. The project had about 30 subconsultants and subcontractors, and generated more than 130 construction jobs, roughly 85% of which came from New York.
“I know the value of an engineering degree. I know how engineering can drive the economy. I know that engineering can transform communities and lives. And so on behalf of the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees and the SUNY System, I want to congratulate the faculty, staff, President Christian, the students, and all the community leaders who have made the Engineering Innovation Hub a reality.”
SUNY Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Tod A. Laursen
“This new space has provided a creative learning environment for engineering students and faculty alike to further their research.”
Rachel Eisgruber ’20 (Mechanical Engineering) of Highland, New York
The project builds on a legacy of engineering programs at SUNY New Paltz that began in 1984, when then-Governor Mario Cuomo, father of the current Governor, supported the creation of an undergraduate engineering program at New Paltz.