[Source: Ryan Randazzo, Arizona Republic] — The University of Arizona’s Phoenix medical school will build a $15 million underground laboratory with a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the school has announced. The college, which is a partnership with Arizona State University, will use the new building as a support facility for the existing research labs in downtown Phoenix. The college won the grant through the NIH’s federal stimulus program. Both UA and ASU researchers will benefit from the new facility.
The building is planned for a lot in downtown Phoenix at the existing college bounded by Fifth, Seventh, Fillmore and Van Buren streets, UA spokesman Al Bravo said. It will be built mostly underground to take advantage of sustainable-building principles. Officials could not say when work will begin on the project. The construction and planning is expected to create 250 jobs. When complete, the building will house about 33 new employees, mostly research assistants, Bravo said.
The 22,000-square-foot building represents just a fraction of the school’s expansion plans, which include a 268,000-square-foot education building for classrooms. “This grant will allow us to build a shared-resource facility supporting all the great lifesaving research going on at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus,” said William Crist, vice president for health affairs at UA. “The NIH has acknowledged that our research in cardiovascular, cancer and neurological areas is critical to the development of the biomedical campus.”
The college admitted its third class of students in the fall. The expansion plans eventually should allow the school to enroll 120 students per class, up from 48 now. It also will allow for UA pharmacy students to study all four years in Phoenix and incorporate nursing students as well as programs offered by Northern Arizona University. [Note: Read the full article at UA’s downtown Phoenix med school plans lab facility.]