Cree appoints Exyte as general contractor for Wolfspeed Mohawk Valley Fab

Foundation work for the SiC, GaN Power, and RF solutions facility in New York to be done this spring

Exyte, the German hi-tech cleanroom specialist, has been named general contractor for Cree’s Wolfspeed Mohawk Valley Fab, a 200 mm silicon carbide wafer fabrication facility worth US$1 billion. The LED technology giant revealed details of this project last year.

Located at the Marcy Nanocenter in New York, the site plan features three primary buildings: a fabrication facility, an office and a central utility building. Cree has committed to hiring at least 614 employees over eight years.

The Marcy Nanocentre is located at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Marcy, in Upstate New York. The site is a premier 450-acre (182 ha) greenfield site developed for semiconductor manufacturing facilities.

The Cree project will be located on 56.25 acres (22.7 ha) at the northern end of the 398-acre (161 ha) nanocentre site, which has room for two more fabrication facilities.

According to the project overview, foundation work is set to be done this spring while the completion of the enclosure is expected by the last quarter of 2020. The timeframe for the primary mechanical and electrical fit-out has not been define but is said to be done between September and April 2021, local newspapter Observer-Dispatch has reported.

The project overview presented to the community by Exyte outlines the following:

  • The fabrication facility is a 454,000 sqft building to be built on four levels, creating a footprint of about 150,000 sqft, including 112,000 sqft of cleanroom space. It will be connected to the administration building.
  • The administration building is a four-level, 85,000 sqft building “sill sit” on an approximately 25,000 sqft of space, housing open office space, a cafeteria, a gym, common space, a main lobby entrance and a clean gown room.
  • The central utility building spans 100,000sqft of space. This is a two-level building, taking up about 75,000 sqft of space on the ground, with room for a boiler, chiller, electrical systems and other infrastructure. This unit will provide support to the fab through an above-ground utility trestle.

The project overview has also revealed details of exterior features, including a bulk gas yard, an air separation plant, an electric yard, a silane (a gas) pad, exterior generators and cooling towers and transformers. A parking lot with about 375 spaces will go in front of the administration building.

“Exyte is thrilled to be the design and construction delivery partner for Cree’s new Mohawk Valley Fab,” said Denis Bacon, US region Vice President of Advanced Technology Facilities.

Bacon said that upon completion, the facility will enable the company to produce its Wolfspeed silicon carbide technology at the capacity needed to meet industry demand. “We look forward to playing a key role in Cree’s success in this strategic project for the company, its customers, and the surrounding community,” he concluded.

Exyte US is headquartered on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Albany. The company also worked on Quad C on the SUNY Poly campus in Marcy, where Danfoss Silicon Power is now located, and on the NanoFab North, South, East and Central buildings at SUNY Poly in Albany.

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