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U-Minnesota’s 2018 Capital Budget includes over $274M for Science Buildings

Posted by Rebecca Inch-Partridge on Tue, Feb 27, 2018

The University of Minnesota is investing $274,673,000 in new construction and remodel work of science buildings on the Twin City’s campus. They have broken ground on the new $108.6M Health Sciences Education Center. In addition, according to the 2018 Annual Capital Budget for U-Minn they have also approved $6,600,000 for the construction of a new Plant Growth Research Facility. The budget also includes $2,381,000 for the Institute for Health Informatics Remodel.  Finally, the university will undertake an $8,400,000 renovation of the Biological Sciences Center.


(rendering of new Health Science Education Center Courtesy of UMinn)

  • New Health Sciences Education Center: This 200,000 square feet, $108.6 million construction project, will create one of the most comprehensive inter-professional education facilities in the country. The new 5-story facility will include active learning classrooms, a simulation center, the Bio-Medical Library and other services for all their health sciences schools.
  •  Institute for Health Informatics Remodel: This $2,381,000 project will convert approx. 9,900 square feet of outdated clinic space on the 8th Floor of the Phillips-Wangensteen Building (PWB) into new offices for the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI). This project will consolidate the department from existing and temporary locations in Diehl Hall and on PWB floor 6. The renovated space will include private offices and open workstations for 60 faculty and staff.
  • New Plant Growth Research greenhouse: $6,600,000 will be spent on the construction of a 12,000 square foot greenhouse addition to the Plant Growth Facilities for the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory. The new greenhouse will be furnished with modern temperature, humidity, and lighting controls. It will be monitored via the master greenhouse campus control system.
  • Renovations to the Biological Sciences Center:  $8,400,000 will be spent to renovate approximately 14,000 sf on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Biological Sciences Center. New, open-plan research labs and offices will be created in existing, underutilized space to support up to four research teams. Outdated research labs on the third floor will be renovated to provide new active learning laboratories.

About University of Minnesota Health Center’s Research Services:

The University of Minnesota health sciences consists of their School of Dentistry, Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine. As part of U-Minnesota’s academic health center students and professors have access to the academic health center’s research services.

These research services include :

  • Research Animal Resources: (RAR) provides the UMinn researchers with animal care, procurement services, veterinary knowledge, and maintenance of housing facilities for animal-related research activities.
  • Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development: the ITDD houses over 40 faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. Their cutting-edge facilities and equipment span 20,000 square feet with laboratories organized into cores that focus on Chemical Process Development, High Throughput Screening, Lead and Probe Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmacology. They also offer purification and analytical services.
  • The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides comprehensive support for the entire spectrum of clinical and translational research, including basic research, clinical research, and community-engaged research.
  • Mouse Genetics Laboratory: Provides transgenic mouse services, including in vitro fertilization, transgenic mouse production, embryonic stem cell to blastocyst microinjection, cryopreservation, and genetic consultations.
  • Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics: provides full-service development and manufacturing of cell- and tissue-based products, monoclonal antibodies, and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
  • Advanced Research and Diagnostic Laboratory: Fully accredited, clinical laboratory managing routine and specialized testing requests including specimen procurement and sample storage.
  • Genomics Center: Offers genomics research services, such as sequencing, expression analysis, and genotyping.  



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