United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the global innovation arm of United Technologies Corp, today unveiled its new and expanded $60 million state-of-the-art “innovation hub” on its East Hartford campus.
This research and development facility will enhance global innovation at UTC and its businesses as they create the future. The company also announced two additional major investments planned for its East Hartford campus — a $75 million Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence and a $40 million Engine Compressor Research facility.
The new innovation hub at UTRC’s East Hartford headquarters includes 185,000 square feet of new and renovated office and laboratory space. The $60 million build out was enabled through a collaboration with the State of Connecticut through the historic 2014 Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act (CARA). This investment enables UTRC to expand its core capabilities in advanced materials, measurement sciences, sensor technologies, environmental sciences, autonomous systems and human-collaborative robotics.
The new Additive Manufacturing facility will accelerate deployment of a broad range of metal and polymer additive technologies across UTC businesses. In the new Engine Compressor Research facility, UTRC and Pratt & Whitney will develop and mature advanced compressor technologies for future commercial and military engines.
“Global innovation at UTC begins right here at the Research Center in East Hartford,” said Dr. David Parekh, Corporate Vice President, Research, and Director, UTRC. “Today we are unveiling a clear demonstration of UTC’s commitment to investing in the breakthrough technologies that will help shape our future. Since 1929, UTRC has served as a strategic partner to all UTC businesses, driving the newest and best advances in aerospace and commercial building technologies,” said Parekh. “This investment in our headquarters and our current and future innovators will allow us to remain global leaders for decades to come.”
Parekh was joined at today’s unveiling and ribbon-cutting ceremony by UTC Chairman & CEO Greg Hayes; UTC Senior Vice President of Science & Technology Dr. J. Michael McQuade; Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy; U.S. Senator for Connecticut Richard Blumenthal; and U.S. Representative John Larson, as well as additional dignitaries. More than 400 current and former employees of UTC and the Research Center were on-hand and/or virtually tuned-in for the event. The innovation hub at UTRC is seeking LEED Gold certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.
As the innovation hub of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) supports the development of new technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborates with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology. Further, UTRC leads the monetization of UTC’s intellectual property through business model innovation. UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland. UTC, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. UTC’s stock is currently near it’s highest value in the company’s history and expected to grow more.