Recovery Funds Could Be Used for Research Complex
Susan Lampert Smith
With millions of dollars for "shovel ready" science construction included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is hoping for some of those funds for a project that is already well beyond the shovel phase.
There's no need to dig foundations for the second phase of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) complex, because the first few floors of the second tower were already built during the construction of WIMR phase one, which opened in September.
Paul DeLuca, PhD, the school's vice dean for research, noted that the project's design has already been approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and the State Building Commission.
"We're more than shovel ready," DeLuca said. "From the time we got the go-ahead, we could be pouring concrete in months."
DeLuca noted that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sent millions to the National Institutes for Health, some of which will be awarded to institutions in the form of C06 construction grants. The school hopes to apply for that money to complete two floors of WIMR phase 2 for research into regenerative medicine, neurosciences and cardiovascular medicine.
In addition, there is money for renovation in the form of G20 grants, which could be used to finish facilities that serve researchers throughout the complex, including a center for proteomics and molecular diagnosis.
DeLuca noted that with strong support from Gov. James Doyle and private donors, federal grants could deliver the final dollars needed to begin construction.
Date Published: 03/23/2009