UAB breaks ground on $190 million facility

Eight-story building will house biomedical research, Department of Psychology

Rendering of UAB’s Biomedical Research and Psychology Building.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has broken ground on a $190 million facility for the Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Biomedical Research and Psychology Building will house research faculty from the Heersink School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology.

Funding for the 228,735-square-foot building includes $152 million in federal funding.

“We are deeply grateful to Sen. Richard Shelby for his legacy of leadership and advocacy for federal research funding that fuels life-changing discoveries at UAB, our sister campuses in the University of Alabama System and other research institutions nationally,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “The addition of this state-of-the-art facility will help us build on our $780 million in annual research expenditures and continue the most successful era of research in UAB history. Most importantly, it will allow us to expand our research portfolio to save and improve more lives.”

The new building will include wet and dry research laboratories and research support spaces.

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“This building is a major stride forward in our research endeavors and critical to our goal of advancing discoveries that impact human health,” said Anupam Agarwal, M.D., senior vice president for medicine and dean of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. “The labs in this new, modern space will grow our capacity to house research-intensive faculty of the Heersink School of Medicine, ultimately facilitating discoveries that have a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve in Birmingham, Alabama, and far beyond.”

Williams Blackstock Architects of Birmingham designed the new facility, and Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie is general contractor.

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