In the 1970s, Robert T. Coughlan had the vision to create a university-related research park to encourage businesses and jobs created by the State University of New York at Stony Brook Campus to stay near the University. The 103-acre technology park became a planned development to provide space for companies and medical/technology groups looking for a campus environment in proximity to the Medical Center at Stony Brook and the University at Stony Brook. The University is the only public research university in New York State to be designated as a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, and as a Type I research institutions by the Carnegie Foundation. University Hospital at Stony Brook is Suffolk County's only Level 1 Trauma Center, Tertiary Care Center, and is recognized as one of the top 15 teaching hospitals in the U.S.
The Stony Brook Technology Center (SBTC) was developed over 20 years with varying architectural styles for each building but a unified campus-like environment remains throughout the park. In place of sumps, retention ponds with fountains are scattered across the park, providing a beautiful natural appearance. The streets are curved to break up the line of sight to avoid a more rigid and industrial atmosphere. Setbacks are strongly enforced to create much more green space and provide the park with a more manicured appearance. Sidewalks were implemented throughout the entire park. The Campus shuttle service from the SBTC to Health Science facilities of Stony Brook University runs through 16 times daily.
SBTC is the only industrial/commercial development with sewer capacity close to the University at Stony Brook. TRITEC accomplished this by establishing the Town of Brookhaven Sewer District #1. TRITEC fully managed the project from the conceptual approval of the Suffolk County Sewer Agency through the approvals by various governmental agencies, including special legislative approval from the New York State Assembly, NY State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC), Town of Brookhaven, and the Suffolk County Legislative Certificate of Necessity. Construction on the sewer was completed in November of 1995.
The SBTC is now fully built out with over 1 million square feet in 28 buildings. TRITEC manages many of the buildings in the park. The Stony Brook Technology Center is 98% occupied.