EMPAC is open to the public with proof of vaccination or masking to follow University policies related to the coronavirus.

Off-campus audience: Proof of Vaccination or masking with N-95 mask required. RPI community: RPI protocols apply. ID check required. Some events may require everyone to wear a mask in the venue. Masks will be available on entry.

We are just two and a half hours north of New York City via a beautiful train ride up the Hudson River, an easy day trip from the Berkshires or Saratoga Springs, and across the river and just north of Albany, NY. We are also just under three hours by car from Boston or Montreal.

Located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university, EMPAC overlooks Troy, a city that played a central role in the Industrial Revolution and that still preserves some of the 19th century’s best architecture.

Address + Directions

Parking + Accessibility


The main entrance and box office are located on the EAST (campus) side of the building. For events, please park in the College avenue parking garage adjacent to Cogswell Laboratory.


The East campus entrance is also the accessible access to EMPAC. Please visit our Accessibility page for more detailed information. Note that parking on 8th Street requires using stairs to the third floor where there are elevators in the corridor hallway.

Rensselaer Campus Accessibility Information

Mailing Address

110 8th Street EMPAC Building Troy, NY 12180


Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
555 East St Rensselaer, NY 12144

Albany International Airport
737 Albany-Shaker Road Latham, NY

Photo: Paul Riviera