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A rendering of the engineering technology building.

Ground was broken for the College of Applied Science and Technology Engineering Technology Building on Sept. 19. The $8.5 million, 33,600-square-foot building, under construction 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; and Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science.

“The CAST Engineering Technology Building will provide our students and faculty with a state-of-the-art facility in which to conduct collaborative teaching, learning and scholarship,” says President Albert Simone.

Two features made possible by a $2 million grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund are the McGowan Student Commons, a gathering space for students, and the William G. McGowan Center for Telecommunications. The telecommunications center will house the REDCOM Telecommunications System Laboratory, featuring equipment to support future curricula and innovation; the Laboratory for Advanced Communications Technology and the optoelectronics laboratory.