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Apr. 29, 2013

Wright State Breaks Ground on $37M Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Wright State University broke ground on April 25 on a state-of-the-art facility within the biomedical and engineering research hub on the Wright State campus. The Fairborn-based public research university is developing the project in partnership with Premier Health Partners, the largest healthcare network in Dayton. Wright State president David Hopkins, provost Sudaram Narayanan, Neuroscience Institute director Timothy Cope and Premier president & CEO Jim Pancoast were among those present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The new facility will be located in the heart of the campus and will be named the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building. It will have four floors and 90,000 square feet of laboratory and office space for scientists, physicians, students and post-doctoral researchers. In all, 125 people will be employed at the facility. A 105-seat auditorium will provide space for seminars, workshops and advanced teaching sessions.

The L-shaped Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building will be home to the research arm of the Premier Health Partners—Wright State University Neuroscience Institute, a recognized Center of Excellence by the state of Ohio. The 53,000 square feet will also provide a place for engineering and associated faculty to advance their work in medical imaging and sensors.

The $37 million project is made possible by a direct partnership between the public and private sectors and will be funded through $20 million in bonds issued by Wright State, $12 million granted from the state of Ohio and $5 million in donations.  Cincinnati-based Messer Construction is building the center. Chicago’s Perkins+Will architecture and design firm was the project’s architect. Officials hope to finish the project  by February 2015.

Premier Health Partners is also involved in another construction project in southwest Ohio. The Atrium Medical Center, one of the hospitals included in the healthcare network, recently partnered with Edgewood City Schools to bring a new medical office building to Butler County. The 14,000-square-foot building will be located at 5005 Trenton Oxford Road in Trenton, on the school campus. It will house the school’s central registration offices and will bring more convenient medical services to the Edgewood community. The building is expected to open during the 2013-14 school year. It will be owned by Edgewood and financed by leasing space to Atrium.

Photo credits: Wright State University

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