One of greatest assets of the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®) is its location. Malta is easily accessible by major highways. All of the Northeast/New England region and the Mid-Atlantic region are within a one-day drive, making the area ideal both for marketing/distribution, as well as for culture and entertainment for employees and families. The region has a best-of-both-worlds setting. Its proximity to major metropolitan centers provides the large-city access, but Malta itself has a small-town feel. Malta is a picturesque town in Saratoga County, one of the fastest growing counties in New York State.
- Albany: 27 miles (30 minutes)
- Syracuse: 140 miles (2.5 hours)
- New York City: 185 miles (3 hours)
- Boston: 200 miles (3 hours)
- Montreal, Canada: 200 miles (3 hours)
- Rochester: 220 miles ( 3.75 hours)
- Buffalo: 280 miles (4.5 hours)
- Philadelphia: 285 miles (4.5 hours)
- Toronto, Canada: 350 miles (6.5 hours)
- Washington, DC: 400 miles (7 hours)
STEP®'s location in the Capital Region offers proximity to many other cutting-edge, high-tech education institutions and companies. SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is pushing the boundaries of nanotechnology, and is driving the region as a center for research and development in the nanotech industry. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Future Energy Systems pushes the research and development of alternate energy systems. Researchers and collaborators at the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and GE's Global Research Center facility are breaking new ground in many fields including biotechnology, neuroscience, and semiconductor/microchip manufacturing.
STEP® is developing as a high-quality technology park where energy and the environment are more than attributes we seek in our firms. They are guidelines we use in designing the facilities. STEP® will demonstrate a comprehensive array of sustainable design features, and ideally will itself be a "laboratory" for sustainability. Among the features that NYSERDA intends to incorporate into the STEP® design are:
- Recognition of the Adirondack heritage;
- Green building technologies and LEED™ ratings;
- Creation of active and passive activity zones and recreation features;
- A "Knowledge Community Center" featuring shared common services and small-scale retail to serve the needs of the STEP® tenants.
- Respect for the natural setting. In November 2009, STEP® was awarded Tree Farmer Certification by the American Tree Farm System. Read more about this designation.
Sustainable design features used at STEP® will provide both a marketing feature and long-term operational savings. Creation of a knowledge community will provide focus, momentum, and a sense of place. The design of STEP® will help create a location where collaboration and shared resources will distinguish it from other potential locations.
For more information on the assets of living and working in Saratoga County, visit the following links