University at Albany, SUNY

Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC)

Project at a Glance

Albany, NY



Project Type

New Construction

This facility will be an interdisciplinary center for nationally leading academic and research programs focusing on issues, such as weather, climate, emergencies and disasters, but also designed to create entrepreneurial opportunities.

Havidán Rodríguez

President, University at Albany, SUNY

Project Overview

  • Development of a 12-acre site including the introduction of new utilities and a geothermal well system
  • Integration of specialty equipment including the New York State Mesonet, the nation’s most advanced weather detection system
  • 25,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to industry partner space that will undergo future fit-outs

The new Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex (ETEC) combines the University at Albany’s research strengths with some of its fastest-growing new programs and innovative entrepreneurial resources into a state-of-the-art facility fostering teaching, research and business collaborations. The complex houses the first-in-the-nation College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, as well as space for the University’s existing Departments of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. The ETEC has the capacity to house over 200 full-time faculty, 100 research and industry partners and provides educational space for 800 students.

The ETEC features classroom and office space; research labs; specialty instrumentation facilities; an emergency preparedness situation room; weather research and instruction map rooms; observation facilities; business and technology transfer services offices and conference rooms. The new complex also includes 190 geothermal wells, reducing its fossil fuel consumption and reliance. The project achieved LEED Platinum certification and received the USGBC – Green Building of the Year Award (2023).