SUNY Broome to hold ‘topping off’ ceremony for new Calice Center

A rendering of the Paul & Mary Calice and Mildred Barton Advanced Manufacturing Center

A rendering of the Paul & Mary Calice and Mildred Barton Advanced Manufacturing Center

SUNY Broome will hold a “topping off” ceremony for the Paul & Mary Calice and Mildred Barton Advanced Manufacturing Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled to 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 9. The event will be held at the building’s new southern entrance, which faces the Natural Science Center.

During the event, the campus community will sign the final piece of steel for the project, which will then be erected as part of the new south entrance canopy for the Calice Center.

The ceremony has its origins in its ancient Scandinavian tradition, in which greenery – often trees – were raised along with the highest beam of an edifice under construction.

The Calice Center is scheduled to open in August, in time for the Fall 2018 semester. The $12.5 million completely renovates the former Mechanical Building, one of the first to be built on the college’s Dickinson campus in 1956. The project will update the facility with the latest technology, from a geothermal heating and cooling system that harnesses the energy stored in the earth to an advanced manufacturing center that will house a clean room, a food processing laboratory, a fermentation science lab and a high-tech soldering lab.

These renovations are funded by an estate gift from Mr. Emil Calice. The building will be formally re-dedicated in September of 2018.