Emerson Climate Technologies broke ground Oct. 17 on its new HVAC innovation center located on the University of Dayton’s campus in Dayton, Ohio.

The Emerson Innovation Center, also dubbed “the Helix,” began construction in October and is expected to open in late 2015, officials say. The new center is hoping to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the company says.

Once complete, the $35 million facility will employ 30 to 50 people and will focus on five HVACR industry markets: supermarket refrigeration, food-service operations, residential, data center cooling and light-commercial buildings. The innovation center, which will also include three training rooms, will serve as the company’s global hub of HVACR research innovation and hands-on education, company officials say.

 “Since we first conceived this project over a year ago, the support from the state of Ohio, the city of Dayton and the University of Dayton has been tremendous,” said Emerson Executive Vice President Ed Purvis. “The interest and support from leaders in the HVACR industry around the world has also been truly remarkable. The needs of the markets we serve are changing dramatically, and the requirements for our business to innovate in the ‘new’ world of information technology and connectivity are much greater and much more challenging than ever. And we see the Helix as a hub where academic researchers and industry professionals can jointly test ideas and concepts at the system level in our real-world environments.”