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UMB Breaks Ground on New, $305.4 Million Health Sciences Facility III

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has broken ground on its largest building ever, a $305.4 million, 10-story, 428,970-square-foot biomedical research facility called the Health Sciences Facility (HSF) III. UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, was joined by Governor Martin O'Malley, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and several hundred invited guests at a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 17 on the site of the new building - the old dental school facility on North Pine Street. A summary of the entire ceremony may be viewed below.



"This is a proud day for the University of Maryland, Baltimore," Perman told the crowd. The campus has expanded from 1.9 million square feet in 1975 to occupy 5.9 million square feet in 2013, he noted. "The University of Maryland, Baltimore, the University System of Maryland's founding campus, has experienced robust growth in recent years. The Health Sciences Facility III further strengthens our footprint in West Baltimore and, as a result, our economic impact on the city and the state. We're privileged to be able to help revitalize our critically important Baltimore neighborhoods and the state of Maryland as a whole, and at the same time, enable biomedical research and education that has the potential to save lives."



Interdisciplinary science is key to making the research discoveries that will impact human health, Perman added, recognizing School of Pharmacy Dean Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, and School of Dentistry interim Dean Mark A. Reynolds, PhD, DDS, MA. HSF III will be invaluable in its ability to promote "scientific collaborations by a diverse group of biomedical scientists such that the power of scientific partnerships is maximized. Researchers and scientists from the schools of pharmacy and dentistry will occupy space in the building and collaborate with their counterparts in the School of Medicine."

Maryland already ranks highly in biomedical research nationwide, O'Malley said as he took the podium. "It is investments like this that allow us to be leaders in healing this world of ours," he said. The new Health Sciences Facility will employ nearly 600 research scientists, lab technicians, and other staff when it opens in January 2018, he noted, and its construction will create nearly 3,000 temporary jobs.



"What amazing work we expect to take place within the four walls of this building," said Brown. "We are really excited that the people of Maryland are going to invest $200 million in this project" through state capital improvement funds, he added. UMB generates about $15 for every $1 of state investment.



The new facility will enable a $60.3 million increase in grant funding to UMB. Such research can lead directly to medical advances that improve health care, sai Reece.

"With this groundbreaking ceremony today, we are helping to usher in a revolution in biomedicine, where fundamental research, advancement in technology, and collaboration converge," Dean Reece said. "They converge to create new pathways, they converge to create new opportunities for science and medicine, which will dramatically impact human health and well-being."



Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also addressed the crowd, as did University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan, PhD, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Rep. John Sarbanes, and Rep. Elijah Cummings. School of Medicine Board of Visitors Chair Michael Cryor also spoke, along with Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Demolition on the old dental school building will begin in October and will complete in March 2014. Construction on HSF III - with construction manager Barton Malow Company and architecture firm HOK/Design Collective Inc. - will complete in December 2017.
Posting Date: 09/17/2013
Contact Name: Karen Robinson
Contact Phone: 410-706-0023
Contact Email: karobinson@umaryland.edu