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Firm chosen to build GlobalFoundries research center

Chip fab adding $2.1B structure to its facilities

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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The high-tech construction company that built GlobalFoundries Fab 8 will also build GlobalFoundries’ new Technology Development Center at the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

M+W Group U.S. will be the construction coordinator for the $2.1 billion research and development center, according to information filed with the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.

The Technology Development Center will include research and development space and 90,000 square feet of manufacturing clean room. That space can be used for prototype manufacturing or for commercial computer chip production when Fab 8 has excess orders, according to GlobalFoundries officials.

Work on the 557,000-square-foot center is to start this spring. Construction will take about two years and employ up to 1,000 construction workers.

M+W Group already has architects working on the building design at an office the company established in 2009 on the GlobalFoundries property.

According to the IDA application, the TDC building will cost about $378 million and will be equipped with about $1.73 billion in high-tech manufacturing tools.

M+W, which specializes in building semiconductor plants and other high-tech facilities around the world, was the primary contractor on Fab 8, which broke ground in 2009 and is still ramping up to full production. However, other construction companies built GlobalFoundries’ second administration building and are now fitting up an expanded clean room at Fab 8. The TDC will be attached to the second administration building and also connected to the main fabrication building.

M+W Group U.S. is a subsidiary of Austrian Stumpf Group of Vienna. It moved its U.S. headquarters last year from Texas to Watervliet. It has corporate offices at the College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering in Albany, where it has also done clean room construction.

Separately, M+W is on the consultant team developing plans for a second GlobalFoundries semiconductor manufacturing plant, being referred to as Fab 8.2. The company hasn’t yet announced a commitment to proceed with those plans, which could cost an estimated $14.7 billion, but has zoning applications pending before the towns of Malta and Stillwater.

 
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