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June 3, 2024

UPDATED: New $57M CCAT HQ would consolidate, double organization’s space

Contributed From left to right, Amy Thompson, PhD, chief talent & training officer; John Glidden, chief financial officer; Jackie Garofano, PhD, chief technology officer; Ron Angelo, president & chief executive officer; and Sonja Randall, chief operating officer. Photo taken in CCAT’s Talent & Training Accelerator – Digital Thread Lab.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) is hoping to consolidate its three East Hartford facilities into a new, $57 million “state-of-the-art” headquarters that would double the organization’s current footprint, CCAT officials said Monday.

The state Bond Commission is scheduled to meet Friday, June 7, to discuss more than $856 million in funding requests, including a $15 million grant-in-aid allocation for CCAT to construct a new Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Center in East Hartford.

CCAT President and CEO Ron Angelo said pitching a new headquarters has been a “multi-year effort” as his organization hit 20 years old in May. Currently spread across three facilities in East Hartford, the new headquarters would give CCAT and its member businesses a centralized hub for their research and development work.

A location for the new headquarters is still being decided, Angelo said, with a few sites in the region already identified.

“The needs of industry and the needs and requests of our customer base, especially in the supply chain, makes this the the time where CCAT really needs to get itself together into one state-of-the-art, digitally forward-leaning facility to be able to house all of our tremendous assets and resources,” Angelo said.

The new headquarters is expected to cost $57 million. It will be funded with $32 million in federal funding, $15 million in state bond funding, and $10 million from private funding. 

Jackie Garofano, chief technology officer at CCAT, said the new facility is expected to be at least twice as big as the roughly 40,000 square feet of space CCAT operates in across its three existing sites. She said the new facility will allow CCAT to “continue with the momentum of our trajectory.” 

“This allows us to incorporate more technology in a larger space for technical training,” Garofano said. “We've been growing out of our existing space, we're adding to our team at CCAT and we are onboarding technology because of our growing portfolio as well, so it's going to be really fantastic to be in a single location with much larger square footage and all of our team under one roof.”

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