Replacement Research Facility Takes Shape
Photos by Ester Fant
By the numbers:
$80.53 million to build
The six-story Replacement Research Facility has reached its final physical building dimensions, in both height and footprint, and preparations are under way for constructing multiple bridging connections to the adjoining Medical School Building at various locations. The pre-cast concrete paneling continues to be installed on the building exterior structure and is enveloping the developing building interior quite nicely.
A Feb. 17 "topping out" ceremony was held for Vaughn construction workers and project team members. Dr. Michael McKinney was on hand representing health science center and Medical School leadership. A tree was placed on top of the building -- signifying the last piece of steel being placed on the highest part of the roof.
Windows, mechanical duct work to provide heating and air conditioning, as well as plumbing, electrical and other infrastructure materials and equipment are being delivered to the site daily and are being installed as work continues to progress steadily.
Meanwhile, final design for the interior finishes of the building is nearly complete. The vivarium design construction bid documents' package for floors 5 and 6 has been favorably bid by Vaughn Construction. The design construction bid documents' package for the remaining four lab floors (1 through 4) has just recently been bid out by Vaughn. Design efforts to coordinate the connection of the RRF to the Medical School Building are substantially complete as well.
The $80.53 million building is on budget and on schedule to open in the fall of 2007.
The new building will be home to the health science center's animal care facility and to four areas of research focus for the Medical School: the neurobiology of development, the molecular biology of human pathogens, physiological genomics or systems biology, and structural biology.
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