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The Upper Hudson Research Center at Troy

Beacon Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and
the City of Troy are collaborating to design and build a state-of-
the-art, sustainable 11,000 square foot environmental research facility that will launch new educational and research initiatives to preserve river ecosystems. The Upper Hudson Research Center in Troy represents Beacon Institute’s commitment to the watershed, communities and people extending from the Capital District northward.

The Upper Hudson Research Center will be located on a five acre site industrial site with 500 feet of frontage on the Hudson River, on the Troy waterfront adjacent to the Poesten Kill. It is an important development project in the City of Troy’s waterfront revitalization plans and as such, reclaims the former home of Rensselaer Iron Works, which manufactured rivets and bar iron for the USS Monitor, the ironclad warship from the Civil War era.

The building will meet or exceed design standards in compliance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

The City of Troy’s plans for the rest of the site include both public- and private-sector uses.

The partnership builds on the capabilities of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in fundamental science and technologies supporting environmental research. The Upper Hudson River Satellite Center will enhance Troy's revitalization as a city with premier educational, economic and tourism opportunities.

Aerial images of the Rennsselaer Iron Works site from the New York State GIS Clearinghouse (right) and rendering (below) of courtesy of J. Fraser and Associates, PE, LS, LA, P.C.