November 25, 2013

Nanocollege expanding Albany complex, Tech Valley High to have temporary home

By: Haley Viccaro

Source: The Business Review

The nanocollege is expanding its $17 billion Albany, NY research campus, constructing a new 31,000-square-foot building that will provide more classrooms and lab space for its growing student body.

Tech Valley High School in East Greenbush, NY will move into that space for the 2014-15 school year. The move is temporary until its permanent home at the college is built.

The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering announced in February that the high school would relocate into its soon-to-be-built Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building. More on that here.

The Zero Energy building won't be finished until 2015.

"It's not behind schedule. It was in concept phase, and now it’s in design phase," said Dean Fuleihan, the college's vice president for strategic partnerships. "We are proceeding with that building for 2015."

When the ZEN building is completed, Tech Valley High will move its school again for the following year.

The high school's temporary home is larger than its permanent home by about 8,000 square feet. The school will not be responsible for additional costs while in the larger space.

Dan Liebert, principal of Tech Valley High School, said he is excited about the school's move onto the nanocollege complex. He said it would create a direct path for high school students to connect with the college and its business partners.

"This is an extension of what we have already been doing," Liebert said. "We have been working on a number of projects over the years with CNSE. The proximity only maximizes our mission."

Liebert said the goal is to prepare Tech Valley High's students for college and a career in nanotechnology-related fields.

Tech Valley High School opened in 2007 and operates through a partnership between the Capital Region and QUESTAR III BOCES programs. The school has a curriculum focused on hands-on or projected-based instruction.

The high school currently has 125 enrolled students. Liebert is looking for that number to increase to 160 over the next few years as the school settles into its new home.

"My hope is that we have a good portion of students who want to enroll at CNSE after high school," Liebert said. That's the vision - to expose students to the facility and the content to the greatest extent possible."