A new $180 million University at Albany complex is one dig closer to coming to fruition.

“It will help secure UAlbany's position as a world-class research institution for years to come," said University at Albany President Havidan Rodriguez.

Tuesday afternoon, Rodriguez joined campus and state officials for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Emergency Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex, or ETEC.

“This facility will be interdisciplinary, an interdisciplinary center for nationally leading academic and research programs," Rodriguez said.

It will be the new home of UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Occupancy is officially scheduled for summer 2021.

The site will cover 12 acres of the southwest corner of Harriman Campus.