Science Market Update

CU-Boulder Proposes Plan for $500 Million Life Science Building

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Officials at the University of Colorado have released a statement that they are considering constructing a new life science complex for the Boulder campus, more specifically a 1 million-square-foot building devoted to expanding the research capabilities of this state-of-the-art university. 

With this research complex, CU-Boulder stands to gain a very positive ripple effect. Currently, the many life sciences departments are housed between different buildings, in close proximity of one another but nonetheless separate. Wayne Northcutt, a CU architect and campus planner, remarks that a consolidated life sciences building would promote efficiency and collaboration opportunities. Some of the life science departments that stand to gain from this re-housing project include: the Institute for Behavioral Genetics; integrative physiology; Institute of Cognitive Science; psychology and neuroscience; molecular, cellular and developmental biology; ecology and evolutionary biology; and speech, language and hearing sciences.

Another major gain for the Boulder campus is that it will be even closer to reaching an international animal research accreditation, an important goal for university officials and researchers alike. With the university looking to expand its prominence in the field of animal research, international accreditation will encourage major growth in the future. 

"The AAALAC accreditation represents a higher standard that we want to aspire to, and our feeling is that we should be at the highest possible standard," John Hewitt, director of CU's Institute for Behavioral Genetics, said. "We're always in competition with the best, and we want to have the very highest standards of facilities and resources."

Hewitt, additionally a grant proposal reviewer for the NIH, also remarked that this accreditation from the AAALAC will bring CU in line with other sister institutions and help make this campus even more well-rounded and competitive. 

CU_Boulder_Life_Science_Building(The gorgeous Boulder campus, courtesy of the University of Colorado)

This $300-$500 million project is currently in its earliest stages, but regardless, the proposed new life science complex holds high expectations from the campus, and officials have set 2015 as their goal to begin the accreditation process.

The University of Colorado, Boulder has been highlighted in many other blogs, specifically for its cancer research, biodiversity database projects, and an $8.3 million study on malnutrition and the gut. This $383 million research and development marketplace received, in 2012 alone, $41 million in new NIH life science funding. If you are a lab supplier interested in meeting researchers at this well-established campus, Biotechnology Calendar Inc. invites you to attend our 16th annual Boulder Bioresearch Product Faire™ Event on 6/18/14 on campus at CU-Boulder.

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