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Board backs plans for adding new research buildings

Staff Report

The Board of Visitors addressed the University's shortage of research space when it approved early plans for building two facilities at a meeting Nov. 9. The growth in sponsored grants, plus U.Va.'s commitment to boosting science and technology as spelled out in the Virginia 2020 planning initiative, have resulted in the need for expanding laboratory space.

The board passed a resolution asking the U.Va. Foundation to construct a new building at the Fontaine Research Park that the School of Medicine would buy as one way of meeting the growth in research programs, which is expected to continue. The board also cleared the way for building a second facility at the North Fork Research Park for emerging technology, dedicated to faculty start-up firms and major specialized University-sponsored projects.

The Medical School will eventually purchase for up to $17 million what is planned to be a 72,800 square-foot, three-story building. The research facility, which includes about 210 parking spaces, is slated to be finished in the spring of 2002.

The project will be submitted to the governor and General Assembly as a capital budget amendment, in addition to the funding request for the medical research building, known as MR-6.

The University also would like to provide new research space dedicated to faculty start-up firms, private companies for satellite offices or expansion, and special University projects at North Fork. The University Real Estate Foundation project, with a price tag estimated at almost $5.5 million, could be partially financed with an equity investment of up to 25 percent from the University -- a measure the board approved. The emerging technology center would be 41,000 square feet and outfitted with wet and dry labs. Occupants would be required to pay rent for operating and capital costs.

Board members discussed how the center will help U.Va. attract and retain faculty doing cutting-edge research. It was approved in concept by the U.Va. Foundation a few weeks ago.

Peer institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Virginia Tech and VCU have similar facilities.


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