University of Alabama at Birmingham
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University of Alabama at Birmingham breaks ground on genomics building

April 12, 2022
The $78 million Altec/Styslinger Genomic Medicine building will bring together researchers, equipment and staff from several programs.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has broken ground on the Altec/Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building and the Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation Conference Center.

The 175,000-square-foot building will feature a visible-to-all double-helix design, the university says in a news release. 

The building will bring together researchers, equipment and staff for the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, the Informatics Institute, the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and scientists from many different disciplines.  

The Altec/Styslinger building will include space for computational research, research support, offices, administrative and scientific collaboration, and meeting spaces designed to meet the specific needs of genomics and precision medicine investigators and their programs. 

Initial initiatives will include cancer research, neuroscience research, rehabilitation medicine and pediatric research, as well as research into the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The construction project will involve renovation of the existing Lyons-Harrison Research Building. Two buildings — the Kracke Building and the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies — have been removed to make way for the project, which will include the Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation Conference Center.

Total project costs are expected to exceed $78 million. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2024.

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