The EIC, developed by Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation in the former Connelly Trade School, is designed to engage corporate and community leaders, align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets.
The 18,600-square-foot laboratory and incubator – which will occupy more than one-fourth of the EIC’s Central Lab area, making it the largest tenant – represents Pitt’s initiatives to provide more flexible, large-scale space for energy research and to encourage partnerships with industry.
“Engineers can be natural entrepreneurs, but when they are starting out they need to focus less on paying the rent and more on innovation,” Vice Provost Redfern said. “By hosting the incubator space, we can allow them to potentially create Pittsburgh’s next successful startup.”
Construction has already begun on Pitt’s EIC space, with anticipated completion in fall 2016.