Arizona Biosciences News

UA to break ground on bio institute facility

Summary:

The University of Arizona will break ground on Friday, Nov. 7, on its new Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology facility, along with two other medical research buildings. The buildings are made possible in part by the $440 million university research bill approved by the Legislature last session.

Full Story:

The University of Arizona will break ground on Friday, Nov. 7, on three major research facilities. The buildings will be part of the Warren Avenue Redevelopment District (WARD), located at the intersection of Warren Avenue and Mabel Street.

Officials are hopeful that the three facilities will make a major dent in addressing UA's current shortage of research space and help spur economic growth in the region.

The projects are made possible in part by House Bill 2529, which gives the state universities debt-service authorization for $440 million for research facilities. The bill, which passed during the last legislative session with strong support from Governor Napolitano, will provide partial support for construction of UA Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology and the Medical Research Building, among other projects.

Three facilities are scheduled to break ground:

  • The UA Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology, a 168,000-square-foot building at the northwest corner of Helen Street and Warren Avenue, will promote molecular life sciences research. The $65.7 million building will house 30 faculty scientists and 300 research staff. It will also contribute to area economic development via research interaction and workforce training initiatives with bio companies. It is estimated to be completed in December of 2005.
  • The $30 million Roy P. Drachman Hall will house the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health, currently spread among 19 locations on campus. The 103,000-square-foot structure, which is estimated to be completed in June 2005, will also provide instructional facilities for the colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and Public Health.
  • The UA Medical Research Building will unite basic scientists and physician-scientists at UA’s College of Medicine to work on advancing the understanding of the molecular basis of human health, aging, and disease. The research will build upon the Arizona Health Sciences Center's scientific strengths, including: aging and muscular disorders; vascular biology; organ engineering and cell therapeutics; translational genetics; and molecular cancer therapeutics. The building, which boasts 136,000 square feet and a $54.3 million price tag, is estimated for completion in January 2006.

 


For more information:

""UA is building three health research sites", Arizona Daily Star, 11/6/2003

Institute for Biomedical Science and Biotechnology

"Groundbreaking to Usher in New Era of Biomedical Research at UA," UA News, 10/30/2003

UA bio institute to break ground, seek director, 08/07/2003

Regents approve new UA science buildings, 04/25/2003