RIT Breaks Ground on Engineering Technology Building, Sept. 19




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Some of Rochester Institute of Technology’s engineering technology programs are about to be a step closer toward getting a new home.

Ground will officially be broken on the College of Applied Science and Technology Engineering Technology Building during a Sept. 19 ceremony at 11 a.m. in the B. Thomas Golisano College Auditorium. Following several speeches, RIT officials and guests will proceed outside to the site of the building to break ground and conclude the ceremony.

The $8.5 million, 33,600-square-foot building, which will be constructed to the north of the B. Thomas Golisano College, will bring together engineering technology faculty and laboratories from:

  • Electrical, Computer, Telecommunications Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology/Environmental Management and Safety
  • Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technology/Packaging Science

Two features made possible by a $2 million grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund will highlight the building: the McGowan Student Commons, a gathering space for students and special events, and the William G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications.

The telecommunications center will house the REDCOM Telecommunications System Laboratory, the Laboratory for Advanced Communications Technology and the optoelectronics laboratory.

Construction is scheduled for completion in December 2007. The building will officially open at the start of the spring quarter in 2008.

The following donors have made the building, and several of its laboratories, possible: William G. McGowan Charitable Fund; Choice One Communications; Joseph P. Clayton; Eastman Kodak Co.; Fibertech Networks; Melles Griot Optical Co.; Mitel Networks Inc.; REDCOM Laboratories Inc.; Rock-Tenn Co.; LaBella Associates PC; LeChase Construction Services LLC; Parrone Engineering.

For a digital image of an artist’s rendering of the Engineering Technology Building, please contact John Follaco at (585) 475-4948.