Emerson Climate Technologies has broken ground on a $35 million innovation center on the University of Dayton campus in Dayton, Ohio. The facility will foster a collaborative approach to create technologies that address heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry challenges. Emerson Climate Technologies owns Vilter Manufacturing, which provides compressors for industrial refrigeration and gas compression, including reciprocating, single-screw and twin-screw compressors.

The Emerson Innovation Center, also referred to as “The Helix,” is slated to open in late 2015. With support from the state of Ohio, the city of Dayton and the University of Dayton, the center will act as a hub for academic researchers and industry professionals to jointly test ideas in a real-world environment.

When completed, the center will focus primarily on technologies for the commercial and residential markets as well as data center cooling. Five specialized research areas are planned, including a data center space that will help Emerson Network Power’s Thermal Management business. Emerson engineers will use the space to develop intelligent cooling technologies and controls that improve energy efficiency, maximize free cooling and protect mission-critical applications.