City Scoop: Photonics Facilities, Other Construction Starts in Rochester, NY
Practice Leader, Northeast Buildings
“As the birthplace of Eastman Kodak Co., the Rochester region has begun to shift toward advanced manufacturing technologies, specifically optics, photonics and imaging,” Curran says. “The trend toward photonics facilities is a result of available space that used to support Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb and other companies. They are a great fit for renovation or expansion to accommodate the photonics industry.”
“Bergmann is providing engineering and design services, in collaboration with SWBR Architects and LeChase Construction, for the American Institute of Manufacturing Photonics’ testing, assembly and packaging facility at Eastman Business Park in Rochester. The project is wrapping up construction and ready to receive new state-of-the-art tools and an analytical lab for advancing next-generation photonic integrated circuit technology. The business park complex has plenty of room to grow and welcome new companies associated with photonics,” he adds.
“The Rochester area has the skilled technical workforce to support these industries. Working with companies to determine the proper type of space to support manufacturing of their product can be challenging. Determining the best fit is an important part of the design process we work through with our clients,” Curran says.
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205 St. Paul St., Rochester, N.Y.
CEO: Todd M. Liebert
Health Check: The seven-story, $260-million Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care expansion for Rochester Regional Health (RRH), to be completed in 2020, will offer the latest medical and wellness care. The 330,000-sq-ft tower will complement the existing facility’s design while incorporating modern materials, technology and sustainable practices. It also had to be constructed in a crescent-shaped footprint. CPL teamed with RRH and LeChase Construction to create the addition, which includes a 20-room operating suite, a state-of-the-art labor and delivery suite, and 108 acute care rooms. For the new structure to connect to the existing hospital, CPL had to factor in shorter ceiling heights from the older building when creating space for mechanical equipment. More renovations and construction are planned for 2020 to 2022.