The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Biomedical Research and Psychology Building has received stage 1 approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. The building is supported by a $76 million federal appropriation.
Pending additional approvals by the UA board, the building will house the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology and research-intensive departments from the Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine.
“Interdisciplinary collaboration is a longtime strength and hallmark of UAB. State-of-the-art facilities like this advance the aims of our strategic plan, Forging the Future, make UAB more competitive globally and bring better health and quality of life to the people of Alabama and beyond,” said UAB President Ray Watts.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby played an instrumental role in addressing critical societal needs across the University of Alabama System, said UA System Chancellor Finis St. John.
“We have great appreciation for Senator Shelby’s unwavering commitment to advancing scientific research and education and his invaluable leadership in securing critical federal funding that will bring this project to life,” said St. John.
The six-story, 165,000-square-foot building, located across from the Heersink School of Medicine’s Volker Hall, will include wet and dry research laboratories and research support space, providing flexibility for investigators in various fields and disciplines. The activity-based layout is designed to promote collaboration, creativity and productivity.