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UofL research building opens new era

by UofL Today last modified Nov 12, 2009 08:00 AM

The University of Louisville opened its new Clinical and Translation Research building with a ribbon-cutting and press conference Oct. 12.

CTR buildingThe nearly 300,000-square-foot building at the corner of South Hancock and East Muhammad Ali Boulevard houses researchers who explore ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer and other diseases.

“This building not only is the gateway to the medical center, but it is the gateway for UofL’s talented faculty to conduct research that will help change the world,” said UofL President James Ramsey.

“Generous support from state and federal entities is critical to continuing our research efforts," he said. "The state, through the Bucks for Brains program, enables us to have the funding that helps these researchers establish their programs here when they arrive, and Sen. Mitch McConnell was instrumental in obtaining a federal appropriation that helped us fund the construction of this magnificent facility.”

Cardinal Bird and Sen. McConnellThe building, which incorporates sustainability in its design and construction, cost about $143.1 million, including a project to extend the service tunnel. Some of the ways sustainability was addressed include:

  • A Whole Building Energy Model Simulation was developed to guide decisions toward a more energy efficient building which should result in a 21- to 24.5-percent energy cost savings and conservation of energy supplies.
  • All regularly occupied rooms have occupant controlled lighting.
  • The landscaping and irrigation systems have been designed to reduce water consumption for landscaping by 50 percent, and the irrigation water used on site is supplied by a non-potable source a combination of captured condensation in the building air handlers and storm water.

Construction of the building took more than two years to complete. It is the largest construction project to be completed in Louisville this year.

 “CTR is part of the Health Sciences Center’s master plan to create the physical and intellectual capital necessary to be the centerpiece for our premiere metropolitan research university,” said Larry Cook, executive vice president for health affairs. “Over the past decade we have seen unequaled growth in our biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health. As we continue to grow in this arena, our creation of new knowledge can be advanced by other entities, which can lead to more economic development for the city, and most importantly, will lead to better health for the people in the Commonwealth and beyond.”

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