The University of Maryland in Baltimore, US, has broken ground on a $305.4m biomedical research facility, designed by HOK/Design Collective.
The 10-storey, 428,970ft² building, dubbed Health Sciences Facility (HSF) III, will replace the old dental school facility on North Pine Street.
Demolition of the old dental school building is anticipated to commence in October 2013 and will be completed in March 2014.
The new facility will feature research laboratories, vivarium space, BSL-3 laboratories, a nano medicine suite, imaging suite, and replacement space to allow the phased renovation of various research buildings on campus.
Barton Malow Company is serving as the construction manager of the facility, which is expected to be completed in December 2017.
University of Maryland president Jay Perman said the new facility will further strengthen the university’s footprint in west Baltimore.
"We’re privileged to be able to help revitalise our critical important Baltimore neighbourhoods 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," Perman said.
The new facility will house about 600 research scientists, lab technicians and other staff when it opens in January 2018.
The university said the new facility will allow a $60.3m increase in grant funding to the university.
Perman noted that the campus has expanded from 1.9 million square feet in 1975 to 5.9 million square feet in 2013.
Image: The 428,970ft² Health Sciences Facility III will replace the old dental school facility on North Pine Street. Photo courtesy of HOK.