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University of Maryland Breaking Ground on $305.4 Million School of Medicine Research Building

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

 Artist rendering of Health Sciences Research Facility III

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. joined University of Maryland, Baltimore campus President Jay A. Perman, M.D. in announcing that the University of Maryland is breaking ground on a 428,970-square-foot, 10-story, $305.4 million research facility that will enable the School of Medicine to retain its position as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the world. This will be the largest building on the UMB campus.


The facility will provide both the laboratory space and new technology for the School of Medicine to continue to advance scientific discovery and breakthroughs in addressing the most critical disease categories. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and many other dignitaries joined University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay A. Perman, M.D., and University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., in a ceremonial groundbreaking today on the site of the new building.


Governor Martin O'Malley"This facility is an investment not just in Baltimore, but in the future of all Marylanders. We continue to make the better choices necessary to keep Maryland on the cutting edge of science, discovery and innovation while creating jobs," said Governor O'Malley. "Not only will this new facility at the University of Maryland School of Medicine create nearly 600 permanent jobs and nearly 3,000 construction jobs, but it will also prepare generations of Marylanders for the jobs of our 21st century global innovation economy."

“I'm very excited to celebrate this important day for the University of Maryland and the School of Medicine, both important fixtures of the biomedical research industry here in our state,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. "To keep strengthening Maryland's economy, we must continue to make job-creating investments in our biomedical research facilities like this. The construction of Health Sciences Facility III is an indicator of a bright future for these institutions and this industry in our state.”

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The University of Maryland, together with its affiliated hospital systems and practices, generate more than $7 billion in annual economic activity. For each dollar of state funding that the University receives, it generates more than $15.  For example, in fiscal 2012, the School of Medicine faculty generated $429 million in external grants and contracts that contributed to the total $529.1 million in research grants for the campus.


“This new, multimillion dollar facility will go a long way toward cementing the city of Baltimore’s reputation as a major national center for medical innovation and discovery,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “It is a valuable project that will help to boost the entire city of Baltimore and especially the people of our city’s west side. We look forward to continued collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore in developing new projects to keep our city strong and flourishing.”


“When this facility opens, our students and research scientists will have access to the most cutting-edge of scientific facilities, as well as easier access to each other, encouraging collaboration across disciplines,” said William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Ph.D., chancellor of the University System of Maryland. “We are excited that research scientists from our School of Medicine will be able to advance their collaborative research and discovery efforts with colleagues across the Campus and the University System unimpeded by space limitations. We hope to see new, interdisciplinary partnerships develop, leading to a better understanding of human health and disease and a fully comprehensive education for our students.”


The University of Maryland School of Medicine is committed to fund $65 million of the total cost of Health Sciences Facility III. The rest of the funding will come from State Appropriations. The building, which is set to open in January 2018, is the medical school’s first new research building since the 2003 opening of Health Sciences Facility II, a $78 million, 101,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Penn and Lombard streets. The first Health Sciences Facility opened in 1995, and is adjacent to the second building.


Health Sciences Facility III will be located on West Baltimore Street on the site of the old dental school building. The lot is located between the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s new building – which opened 2010 – and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s new building, which opened 2006. The new Health Sciences Facility III will include landscaped outdoor space and a plaza for academic and social exchange among scientists, scholars and the University community.


“The University of Maryland, Baltimore, has undertaken many projects in recent years to facilitate robust growth and development on our campus and among our schools,” said University of Maryland President Jay A. Perman, M.D. “In 1975, we occupied about 1.9 million square feet of space. In 2013, we occupy 5.9 million square feet. Every step of this expansion has enabled us to bring new jobs and millions of dollars in research and education funding to the state of Maryland. The Health Sciences Facility III, the largest facility in our campus history, further strengthens our footprint in west Baltimore and our economic impact on the city and state. We are proud to be able to help revitalize this region of Baltimore and the state of Maryland, while enabling biomedical research and education that has the potential to save lives.”


Dean E. Albert Reece“With this groundbreaking, we are ushering in a revolution in biomedicine, here at the School of Medicine, where fundamental research and advancement in technology converge to create new pathways and new opportunities for science and technology to dramatically impact the health and well-being of the citizens of Maryland, and the region, while positively impacting the economy of our state,” said E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.   “Within the portals of this building will be conducted robust collaborative research that will expand across the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus where School of Medicine investigators will engage collaboratively with other colleagues across the campus and beyond – especially scientists at the School of Dentistry and the School of Pharmacy.”


He added that “bench to bedside” research in the new building would allow expansion of collaboration and programs in cutting edge fields such as Genome Sciences, Personalized and Genomic Medicine, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Science, Brain Science, Stem Cell Biology, infection/inflammation science and many other areas.


The University of Maryland School of Medicine, working in partnership with Advanced Particle Therapy from California, is in the process of building a new, 122,000-square-foot facility in the University of Maryland BioPark just across Martin Luther King Boulevard from the site of the new Health Sciences Facility. That building, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, is a $200 million project bringing to Maryland for the first time the most advanced radiation technology in cancer treatment. That facility is scheduled to begin treating patients in 2015.


The architecture firm working on the Health Science facility III project is HOK/Design Collective Inc., and the construction manager is Barton Malow Company.  The project is scheduled for completion in December 2017, and occupancy in January of 2018. Though the building will be 10 stories, two of those levels – or 66,316 square feet – will be shell floors for build-out sometime in the future.




 Groundbreaking Ceremonial Shovels

Dean Reese Speaking
 Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. speaking

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