East Campus

East Campus

In February of 1996, the University at Albany Foundation purchased the former Sterling Winthrop pharmaceutical complex located at 81 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY.  Since that purchase the Foundation has worked with the University at Albany to develop the 95 acre site using a collaborative model for a biotech campus which provides leased office space and high-tech laboratories with universal access to common spaces and services including laboratory support, state of the art conference and meeting facilities, and on-premises recreational and dining opportunities.  The East Campus is intended to create an environment in which life science technologies can be developed into commercially viable businesses, and also to foster the education and clustering of a workforce with the skills necessary to sustain such enterprises. The University at Albany conducts activities on the East Campus, such as the School of Public Health, the Cancer Research Center and the Student Loan Service Center, which are complemented by the operations of a variety of tenants that collectively represent a range of health related efforts through the spectrum of education, investigation, research, development and production design. The East Campus is currently composed of a main laboratory complex, the Edward S. and Frances Gildea George Education Center, the Cancer Research Center and smaller buildings dedicated to tenant specific operations, the Senator Joseph L. Bruno Biotechnology Development Center (AMRI) and the IBS Building (Taconic).  

East Campus Facts and Figures

• Approximately 95 total acres
• Over 500,000 square feet of existing lab, office and support facilities
• Home to over 20 separate technology-related organizations
• On-site café and eatery  
• Five minutes from the Amtrak station in Rensselaer, New York
• Situated in the heart of upstate New York’s Tech Valley, a region that
  offers affordable housing, renowned public education, uncongested highways
  and an excellent quality of life overall
• Located in a Start Up NY Development Zone which may
  provide tax breaks and other incentives to businesses locating on campus
• Includes available building sites in a Corporate Office / Light Industrial
  District (OI) with access to public highways and all necessary utilities

Tenancy at the East Campus

Its unique inventory of pre-existing laboratory, office and common facilities enables the East Campus to adapt itself to the growing and changing needs of its tenants, regardless of their size.  A single laboratory with internal office space is often the choice for start-ups.  Larger blocks of space can generally be pieced together from the laboratory wings of the Main Laboratory Building as growing needs require. Available site acreage provides possibilities for the construction of tenant specific projects for all but the most massive in scope.  Further questions about the facilities and available space should be directed to Thomas C. Robinson, East Campus Operations Manager at trobinson@uamail.albany.edu, or at (518) 525-2779.