College & University
Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis provided the structural design for a new 240,000-square-foot steel-framed building located on Harriman Campus, a New York State-owned office and technology campus adjacent to the University at Albany campus.
E-TEC was designed to be a state-of-the-art academic research and development (R&D) facility bringing together academic research centers with industry partners. This ensured cooperative R&D, technology transfer, business development, and workforce training. E-TEC is the second largest academic building on campus. The facility houses the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) as well as the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, including the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center.
The building provides space for more than 200 full-time faculty and researchers, 100 research and industry partners, and over 800 students. It includes classroom and office space; research laboratories; specialty instrumentation facilities; an emergency preparedness situations room; weather research and instruction map rooms and observation facilities; business and technology transfer services offices; and conference rooms.
The steel-framed building is supported by conventional spread footings. Exterior cladding is a mix of decorative metal and precast concrete panels. Portions of the building were designed with special considerations to limit vibrations. The building utilizes geothermal energy to reduce its carbon footprint. The construction cost was $180 million. A portion of the project funding was made possible by a grant under the NY2020 Initiative.
*Photography: Laura Peters/ CannonDesign