UAB to break ground on $78 million building

Altec/Styslinger center will focus on genomic medicine

A rendering of UAB’s Altec/Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building. Rendering courtesy of UAB.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham on Monday will break ground on the $78 million Altec/Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building.

The new complex will accelerate advancements in precision medicine, informatics and data sciences, according to UAB.

Gov. Kay Ivey will join leaders from UAB and UAB Medicine at the 11 a.m. groundbreaking.

The 175,000-square-foot building will include researchers, equipment and staff for the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, the Informatics Institute and the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as scientists from other disciplines.

Much of the funding — $50 million — is coming from the Public School and College Authority, the largest-ever investment from the state in a university facility, UAB said. Jefferson County is supporting the project, as well as the Altec/Styslinger Foundation and Marnix and Mary Heersink.

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