Capital Region Leaders Unite Behind UAlbany College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

February 25, 2016

IMG_1241Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders announced unified support for the University at Albany’s plan to transform a century-old former public school building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS), and requested $20 million in the state budget to start the project.

The capital funding would finance the first phase of the project, which will turn the one-time Albany High School building adjacent to UAlbany’s downtown campus into a state-of-the-art engineering school building.

Locating CEAS in the middle of the City of Albany marks the next phase in a deepening partnership between the Capital Region’s comprehensive public research university, its home city and the larger region.

All told, the $60 million project will create 127,000 square feet of classroom, research and office space with capacity for more than 1,000 students and 180 faculty and researchers. It will also create a dynamic new community resource, including a 1,000-seat auditorium, space for new collaborations with local schools and community organizations, including a “Summer Science Saturday” program, and other opportunities. CEAS will inject energy and creativity into a neighborhood less than a mile west of the State Capitol.