Stimulus grant will aid North Campus tower

By Amanda Siegfried / August 2010

Construction of the new research tower on the North Campus got a boost recently when UT Southwestern received a nearly $15 million grant connected to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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Construction of the NL building on the North Campus is expected to be completed in 2011.

The grant, awarded through the National Institutes of Health, adds to the more than $42 million in stimulus funds
UT Southwestern faculty members have received for more than 100 Recovery Act-supported projects focused on basic and patient-oriented research.

The latest grant is designated specifically for construction and infrastructure projects.

“This award will allow us to accelerate the completion of the new NL building,” said Dr. Greg Fitz, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of UT Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Fitz said the funds will be used to finish three floors in the research tower. Floors 5, 6 and 7 will be devoted primarily to the Department of Cell Biology, which will transfer into the new building from its present locations on the South Campus. Construction of the building is expected to be completed in 2011.

“This building will contain office space and basic research labs for faculty and will provide educational opportunities for graduate students. The ARRA award is going to allow us to start hiring new faculty and developing new programs, and will bring to UT Southwestern and to Dallas new career opportunities on many fronts,” Dr. Fitz said.

UT Southwestern’s grant is part of $1 billion of ARRA funds that have been awarded to construct, repair and renovate scientific research laboratories and related facilities across the country. As of May, a total of 146 grants to institutions in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico had been awarded to upgrade and construct buildings, laboratory spaces and core facilities that are crucial to biomedical and behavioral investigators, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of the NIH, administers the grants.

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Dr. Fitz holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science and the Atticus James Gill, M.D., Chair in Medical Science.

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