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Topping Out Ceremony Held

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Photo of Edward D. Hall, Ph.D., director, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) signs the last beam to be placed in the shell of the BBSRB
Edward D. Hall, Ph.D., director, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) signs the last beam to be placed in the shell of the BBSRB. The beam was placed during a ceremonial topping out ceremony held at the construction site.

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“This facility will provide our faculty, staff and students with an ideal environment to excel in important research and academics and help us reach our goal of becoming a top-20 public research institution. It further reflects the university’s commitment to promote human and economic development through the expansion and application of knowledge.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr., president, University of Kentucky

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June 5, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A topping out ceremony was held today to commemorate a major phase of completion for the University of Kentucky Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB).

Construction on the $67.2 million, 185,000-square-foot building began in spring 2002. The building, which will have four floors of research space and a basement, will be located on South Limestone across from the Kentucky Clinic. Completion is expected in 2005.

The building will provide state-of-the-art space for researchers in the fields of neurosciences (including the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center and sensory biology), genetics and genomics, and vaccine development and host resistance.

“This facility will provide our faculty, staff and students with an ideal environment to excel in important research and academics and help us reach our goal of becoming a top-20 public research institution,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “It further reflects the university’s commitment to promote human and economic development through the expansion and application of knowledge.”

The Kentucky General Assembly approved $39 million for the building, with the remaining funding provided by the university. This represents the largest capital project UK has ever undertaken.

“This ceremony celebrates a major milestone in the completion of this project,” said Del Collins, associate vice president for research. “Research in this facility will greatly contribute to important scientific advances as well as to regional economic development.”


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