The New York State Photonics Board has announced Empire State Development (ESD), the state’s economic development agency, has hired Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) as the site selector for AIM Photonics’ Testing, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester.
In addition, the SUNY Research Foundation has issued Requests for Proposals (RFP) on behalf of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, AIM’s lead institute, for equipment at the site.
“I am pleased that our efforts to bring the concept of a world-leading AIM Photonics Institute in Rochester is now moving into the realm of physical reality, with the ordering of the necessary tools, and the commencement of a professionally-led independent process to select a suitable site in the Rochester area,” photonics board chairman John Maggiore stated.
The board said NGKF will conduct a review and evaluation of potential sites in the Greater Rochester area, and then recommend which site will be the most appropriate for the TAP facility. The group will work with ESD, AIM Photonics, and the Department of Defense, to make its recommendation.
“NGKF understands both the challenges and opportunities presented by this project and has a unique set of expertise to assist ESD, particularly with understanding the location requirements of such a facility,” ESD president and CEO Howard Zemsky stated. “We will work closely with NGKF, and our state and local partners to find the best fit for TAP within the Greater Rochester region.”
“I support a site that works best for the project and the people who will work there,” AIM Photonics Leadership Council Chairman and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce president Bob Duffy also stated. “We have a strong team in place, ready to recommend a site in the Greater Rochester area. I applaud Gov. Cuomo for his work in advancing AIM Photonics in Rochester.”
In 2015, Vice president Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Rochester would be the site for the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics institute, after the city became one of three finalists in a federal competition for the project.
The state will contribute $250 million in funds for the venture, while the U.S. Department of Defense will contribute $110 million, and a consortium of private companies and other donors will contribute the rest.
The board has currently approved $106 million for phase one of the project, and allocated $11 million for operating and maintenance costs, as well as another $95 million for capital, which includes the purchase and installation of equipment and tools for the site.
SUNY has also issued 24 RFPs for equipment and tools for the facility, with a submission deadline of Oct. 14.
Interested parties may visit www.aimphotonics.com for additional information regarding the RFPs.