Regents approve $136M biosciences building in downtown Phoenix
Posted by Angela Gonzales
Phoenix Business Journal
At its regular meeting Thursday, the Arizona Board of Regents approved plans to build a $ 136 million, 10-story research building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
The 245,000-square-foot structure is being designed by CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross, while a joint venture between Phoenix and DPR Construction and Sundt Construction will serve as construction manager. Plans call for breaking ground by the end of this year. It is expected to take about 26 months to complete, creating 500 jobs in design and construction.
“It will mean more lab space for UA and give them even more tools to lead the way on neuroscience and cancer research and put an emphasis on health-care outcomes,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “It is incredibly important that we keep the momentum going on this campus. One of the key components for our economic future is best represented by everything going on this campus.”
ABOR voted to use the last of the Stimulus Plan for Economic and Educational Development bonds that the Arizona Legislature originally approved in 2008. That bond money also was used to pay for the Health Sciences Education Building, which is just south of where the new building will be built near Seventh and Fillmore streets on the biomedical campus.
Another 360 permanent jobs will be created as a result of this new research center, called the Biosciences Partnership Building. On the bioscience campus master site plan it originally was going to be called the ABC II building. The first ABC I building is nestled between the University of Arizona College of Medicine buildings and another research building anchored by the Translational Genomics Research Institute.
Plans also are in the works to build another building between the ABC I and TGen structures. This is in addition to the $100 million outpatient cancer center currently under construction at the southwest corner of Fillmore and Seventh streets. That 220,000-square-foot structure is called the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s, and is scheduled to be finished in July 2015. That facility is expected to employ 800 people.