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The second phase in the construction of a Binghamton University energy research complex is expected to begin soon.

Work on the $70 million Smart Energy Research and Development Facility started last summer.

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University president Harvey Stenger said most of the research in the building will deal with energy-related materials and energy technology.

The 114,000-square-foot facility will house the university's chemistry and physics faculty. Stenger said those departments will benefit from the additional space for research labs.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Stenger said the building is designed to utilize the latest technology to conserve energy.

Workers at the project site have erected ornamental columns and trusses for the building's atrium. Concrete is being poured for floor slabs and roof work is taking place.

Interior work on the structure will be part of the project's second phase.

Stenger said some operations in the building could start by late next year. He said the timing is difficult to predict because of the challenges involved in moving equipment from the main campus into the new facility, along with the installation of newly-purchased equipment.