The $66 million, two-story glass, metal and stone Engineering and Science Building, which broke ground in October 2008, is about halfway to completion. Slated for opening in fall 2011, the building will accommodate the expansion of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, adding about 125,000 square feet to the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC). The new building will feature state-of-the-art, flexible research laboratory space, as well as suites for new business start-ups and offices that support the University’s ongoing and expanding industry partnerships.
The new building will house the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Watson School Dean’s Office. A large rotunda will connect the Engineering and Science Building to the Biotechnology Building, offering access to laboratories and fostering closer interactions between departments and the research centers already located in the ITC.
The building is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, incorporating passive solar energy for heating, geothermal technology for heating and cooling the rotunda, energy-efficient windows and skylights to allow for maximum use of daylight, and the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control.
Construction of the building is supporting more than 1,500 jobs and providing a $112 million economic impact for the region.
The new building also brings with it the opportunity to update and renovate the current Engineering building. Combined, these resources will increase our research and instructional capacity substantially while promoting greater collaboration between faculty, students and industry.
Siemens Gift Launches Campaign and CAE Laboratory
In April, the Bold. Brilliant. Binghamton. comprehensive gifts campaign was launched with online and live events that included a streamed announcement of the campaign goal of $95 million.
Leading the announcement was Tavia Carson of Siemens GO PLM Partnership Program who formally announced a $25.9 million software grant of NX and TeamCenter computer-aided design and engineering tools. This grant advances the Watson School’s CAE and CAD instruction efforts and exposes our students to multiple tools that will make them more marketable and provide an edge in the highly competitive job market of today’s economy.
This software and others will be available in a new computer-aided engineering instructional laboratory facility funded through a partnership developed among the External Affairs, Academic Affairs and Administration Divisions. The 1,100-square foot 20-seat laboratory will be located in the F-Pod of the Engineering Building and fully equipped with software tools for modeling, simulation, validation and optimization of products: the computational skills Watson School students need to solve today’s engineering problems.
When the Students Phone, Answer the Call!
Construction of new spaces and renovation of existing facilities will provide the Watson School with an unprecedented opportunity to use donor recognition to secure funding to fill the growing gap for equipment acquisition, leverage student excellence in research and academics, and enhance teaching quality and faculty retention.
Your gift to the Binghamton Fund for the Watson School of Engineering & Applied Science will promote student excellence in research and academics with scholarships and fellowships. Additionally, it will provide funding to enhance and expand experiential learning opportunities and result in the naming of the new Watson School Dean’s office on behalf of our alumni donors.
You can also give now by visiting watson.binghamton.edu and clicking the Give to Watson button.