NY CREATES opens bids for 50,000 sqft cleanroom


The facilitator organisation to the advanced electronics industry has issues a request for proposals for a new cleanroom build at the Albany Nanotech Complex

NY CREATES opens bids for 50,000 sqft cleanroom

The New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science (NY CREATES) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to expand the Albany Nanotech Complex.

The RFP was issued on 16 May 2022, and seeks services for the design and construction of new cleanrooms, parking structures, pedestrian walkways, and other facilities at the Albany Nanotech Complex.

"The semiconductor industry is poised for significant growth and by expanding the Albany Nanotech Complex, we can ensure New York is well-positioned to attract new and growing industry partners," said David Anderson, President of NY CREATES. "Our existing cleanrooms are fully occupied and we have several partners looking to increase their footprint in New York. With major Federal investments in the semiconductor industry likely on the way, now is the time to build NanoFab Reflection and other infrastructure in order to meet the future need for more capacity."

This proposed project includes the design and construction of a new cleanroom

"SUNY Poly is acting as the lead agency for SEQR (New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act process) in cooperation with NY CREATES, and together, we look forward to the opening of the new fab, 'NanoFab Reflection', which will facilitate the types of academic-industry research, development, and commercialisation partnerships that support Governor Kathy Hochul's innovation-based vision," said SUNY Poly Acting President Dr Tod A. Laursen.

"By continuing to enhance SUNY Poly's experiential learning opportunities in the critical areas of nanoscale science and nanoscale engineering, this effort will continue fostering New York State's long-term standing as the nation's high-tech hub for advanced chip research," Laursen added.

The 1.65 million sqft Albany Nanotech Complex has 152,000 sqft of cleanroom space, all of which is currently occupied by NY CREATES or industry partners including Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron (TEL), and IBM.

Expanding horizons

The site is ready for expansion in order to accommodate the growth of both existing and new partners. Additionally, with the potential for a significant Federal investment in the Albany Nanotech Complex and the semiconductor industry, the site is in a position to increase its capacity to meet future demand.

This proposed project includes the design and construction of a new cleanroom which will be located south of the existing NanoFab X Cleanroom buildings. Key components of the site expansion project include:

  • NanoFab Reflection (NFR) - a new building will be constructed with approximately 50,000 sqft of finished cleanroom fab. Multiple semiconductor tenants are anticipated to occupy this building
  • An expansion for the existing HPM storage building
  • The replacement of two existing electrical transformers with larger power transformers to increase overall power capacity
  • A new four-level covered parking structure designed and constructed to accommodate 400 +/- new parking spaces, including 30 spots equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, to accommodate displaced existing surface parking. Provide vertical transportation to meet ADA requirements
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Responses are due by July 11, 2022.