The finishing touches are being applied to the exterior of the new Educational Opportunity Center (EOC
) on Ellicott Street just south of Goodell. The four-story building is connected to UB's Downtown Gateway complex, the former M. Wile factory.
The new EOC building will replace its current location at 465 Washington Street and allow the EOC to significantly expand its services, which include programming in remedial and academic preparation, as well as specific job training programs in allied health, life sciences, information technology and environmental industries.
Designed by Holt Architects of Ithaca under the oversight of the State University Construction Fund, the $46 million building is skinned with environmentally friendly, durable fiber cement panels and glass. Savarino Cos.
is building the 68,000 sq.ft. facility and Cannon Design
is the construction manager.
The building is targeting LEED Gold certification and will be a model of sustainable construction.