A construction company has topped off the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Albert Sherman Center, a nine-story, 500,000 square-foot medical research facility located in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Suffolk Construction joined state and local dignitaries and university officials during the event.
The Albert Sherman Center is slated for completion on December 2012. It is owned and financed by the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, and constructed by Suffolk.
The construction company is providing preconstruction and construction management services for the research facility, which has been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.
The UMass Medical School Albert Sherman Center project is dubbed as one of the Northeast region’s most “impressive projects”, and was recently ranked number one on the Boston Business Journal’s list of “Area’s Largest Construction Projects” based on dollar volume.
The research facility will be the latest addition to the university’s Worcester campus and will double the medical school’s research capacity and expand its current educational space. The medical research facility will bring the Advanced Therapeutics Cluster (ATC), the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, and the Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation under one roof.
It will be a state-of-the-art facility where some of the world’s top researchers can focus on creating new therapies for many debilitating diseases as well as facilities to support the education of the next generation of physicians in Massachusetts.
Upon its completion, the new Albert Sherman Center will accommodate 300,000 square feet of space for wet research laboratories, cold rooms, and core research space. In addition, the research and education center will include 200,000 square feet of dry research and educational space, including teaching areas, a 360-seat auditorium, conference center, cafe, fitness center, and support staff spaces.
As part of the project, a 1,400-space parking garage will be built in the adjacent biotechnology research park.
The topping off ceremony featured a speaking program and the signing of the final structural beam by staff and faculty.
In celebrating the construction milestone, representatives from the construction company and ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge were joined by honoree and retired UMass Medical School Vice Chancellor for University Relations Albert Sherman, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins, and University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson.
Additional attendees of note included Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President & CEO Susan Windham-Bannister, Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien, State Senator Harriette Chandler, and UMass Building Authority Executive Director David MacKenzie.