After more than a decade of planning and nearly three years after its groundbreaking, the University of Arizona Bioscience Park was celebrated with a formal dedication.
The long-term plans for the 65-acre UA BioPark include laboratories and offices for biotech companies, a technology high school, a hotel and conference center, and student and faculty housing. The hope is to attract companies that would commercialize university discoveries and inventions.
The UA BioPark dedication on Oct. 11 included a ceremonial tree planting and dedication of tile-wall artwork created by Las Artes students. The event followed the completion of infrastructure improvements, such as drainage and utilities, graded pads, lighting, sidewalks, roads, signage, and landscaping. The site is 2 ½ miles from the main campus.
Officials hope that construction on the first buildings will begin by the end of 2013.
For more information:
“New BioPark aims to bring jobs to Southern Arizona, rouse bioscience industry in region”, Daily Wildcat, 10/24/12
“With beginning behind it, UA BioPark looks to future,” Arizona Daily Star, 10/12/12