NEW PALTZ — SUNY New Paltz officially opened its new Engineering Innovation Hub building on Tuesday.

The two-story, 19,500-square-foot building will be used by SUNY New Paltz's engineering programs and the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center. Its amenities include teaching and research labs and 3-D print prototyping labs, according to a news release.

The $13.5 million project was funded through a New York SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant from the governor's office that awarded SUNY New Paltz $10 million to support programs that lead to economic development. The college also received $1 million through the governor's Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council's annual Consolidated Funding Application.

A news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said the engineering hub is expected to support the creation of 195 full-time jobs, with a total economic impact of more than $75 million over the next decade.

“The Engineering Innovation Hub houses industry-leading equipment to support our students and faculty as well as the work of companies partnering with the college through 3D design and printing,” said SUNY New Paltz President Donald P. Christian.

The first-floor entrance and lobby serves as a collaborative study and social area for students. Faculty offices, open office space, a conference room, three research and teaching labs, a computer lab and a smaller lounge workspace for students are on the second floor.

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