Construction underway on Binghamton University’s Center of Excellence facility


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University, State University of New York, today launched construction of its New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) building in a ceremony attended by elected officials, local leaders and University representatives. The facility will connect with the Biotechnology and the Engineering and Science buildings, which are both part of the University’s Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC).

The new $30 million, 114,000-square-foot Center of Excellence building will provide space for expansion and consolidation of S3IP and its interdisciplinary, inter-institutional teams of scientists and engineers. The facility will help bridge critical scientific, technology, commercialization and education gaps, and support collaborative partnerships in energy-efficient electronic systems, systems integration and packaging, flexible electronics, autonomous solar power, advanced materials and sensors, and healthcare/life sciences.

“This building will solidify Binghamton University’s position as a world leader in small scale systems packaging,” said Interim President C. Peter Magrath. “This facility will connect people and ideas, accelerate discovery in this growing field, and develop further our commitment to partnerships with industry. The research, education and outreach of those who will be housed in this building will make a significant contribution to this region and to New York State.”

Funding for the new building was obtained through the efforts of State Sen. Thomas W. Libous, R-Binghamton, and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell. It is estimated that this new building, which will provide a $15.9 million annual economic impact and support more than 180 jobs per year in the region during its construction, will ensure that Binghamton University continues as a leader — advancing new electronic technologies and sustaining a highly educated work force in this essential field.

New York’s Southern Tier has long been a hub for microelectronics research. Binghamton University’s New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) builds on this legacy through high-impact research that supports the translation of economically significant microelectronic innovations to U.S. industry. S3IP is a proven innovation leader, generating more than $700 million in economic impact through partnerships with national and international industries on collaborative, precompetitive research.

“Research is a key driver for innovation and technology development,” said Interim Vice President of Research Bahgat Sammakia. “Our research at the Center of Excellence has always been conducted in strong partnership with industry, and we are fully committed to research that has a broad and transformational impact on the community. This building will create spaces and infrastructure that bring together our faculty, scientists and students with engineers and scientists from industry to work on key technical advancements.”

The two-story glass, metal and stone building will feature versatile, open laboratory space, a symposium hall and offices that support the University’s ongoing and expanding industry partnerships.

Featuring in-house design, planning and construction management, this building will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, incorporating energy-efficient windows and skylights for maximum use of daylight, green roof applications and the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control.

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Quote sheet:

New York State Governor David A. Paterson:
“It is vital that our State continues to invest in the necessary infrastructure for new economy research and jobs. I am pleased that construction for the New York State Center in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging is now underway and I commend Senator Thomas Libous and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for their efforts in securing funds for this project. I look forward to the many opportunities this new facility will bring to Binghamton University and the broader New York Southern Tier community.” 

New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous, R-Binghamton:
“Being designated as a Center of Excellence is a tremendous achievement for BU.  It's a testament to their innovation and talent. And now as we break ground on this new Center of Excellence Building, I'm really excited to see how research can bring about the next great economic opportunities for our area.”

New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Binghamton:
“I am happy to have played a role in securing funding for the construction of the Center for Excellence building at the Innovative Technologies Complex. This investment recognizes the central role Binghamton University is playing in the economic recovery of our area. Working with community partners, they are contributing to the development of a new economy through world-class research and workforce training. The community should be very proud of their accomplishments.” 

Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY):
“Today is an important milestone for Binghamton University. Over the years, the University has worked deli gently to position itself as a renowned hub for research.  I have been proud to support the innovation and projects its faculty have undertaken. As we gather together today to break ground on the facility that will house the Center of Excellence in Small Scale System Packaging we can be proud of all the University has achieved in the field of research and look forward to the great contributions to the field, the region and the economy that are to come.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):
“Developing new, clean, homegrown sources of energy is a vital part of our economic recovery. This groundbreaking will help Binghamton University research and develop new solar technologies – helping to cut emissions, improve our environment, and lower our energy bills. I am proud to have helped secure federal dollars for the Center of Excellence. Binghamton will remain at the forefront as we work to meet the energy needs of the 21st century.”

Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY 22nd):
“This groundbreaking for the new Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) building is yet another indication of the growing world-class research being achieved at Binghamton University. I am very pleased to have helped secure funding to help develop S3IP and am convinced that this successful initiative, which partners the university with industry and government, will deliver more jobs and economic development in our region.” 

Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala:
“Binghamton University’s Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center is one of the finest in the country and is deserving of a high tech, state of the art facility. The University is to be congratulated for its hard work and vision and our state officials from the Governor’s Office on down are to be congratulated and thanked for their ability to help BU make this vision become a reality!”

Last Updated: 9/17/13