The UC Medical Center today broke ground on the new Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE) and officially kicked off renovation of the existing Medical Sciences Building (MSB). In addition, the Medical Center announced a $12 million gift designated to support education and research in the area of eye disease.
The CARE building and MSB renovation are part of the university's overall master plan and will add 240,000 gross square feet of laboratory and educational space to the academic health center campus. The project is expected to cost $160.3 million, of which $109.5 million of that total is for construction of the nine-story CARE building. Construction is being supported by state and federal funding, gifts and bond financing, and is expected to be completed in early 2007. The principal architect for the project is HarleyEllis of Southfield, Mich.
"Today, we are symbolically breaking ground, but for our students, faculty and staff, 'breaking new ground' is an everyday occurrence," said Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs at the UC Medical Center. "Upon completion, the Center for Academic and Research Excellence and the MSB renovation will provide not only prime research real estate, but offer the entire Medical Center new quality of life space."
In addition to the ceremonial "digging of the dirt," the Medical Center honored the late Edith J. Crawley for her gift to the university. Crawley bequeathed her entire Muncie, Ind., estate to the Medical Center to bolster research into eye disease in the elderly and to support medical students and professionals dedicated to eye research.
The total gift, estimated at $12 million, will be used to designate a wing in the CARE building in her name and to establish the Edith J. Crawley Memorial Scholars Program to support medical students, fellows, residents and other medical professionals involved in eye research.