Top officials of the Arizona Board of Regents, City of Phoenix, and state universities took part yesterday in a ceremonial signing of an agreement to renovate historic buildings and construct new facilities at the Phoenix Bioscience Center in downtown Phoenix. The new facilities will house the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative (ABC), a joint venture of the state’s three public universities.
The Regents adopted an intergovernmental agreement at its January 23 meeting, enabling ABC to renovate three historic buildings of the former Phoenix Union High School and providing three sites for new biomedical facilities. The University of Arizona has already committed $17.2 million, and Arizona State University $10 million, for a five-story, 100,000-square-foot building at the campus, in the shadow of the future headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute.
ABC was formed in 2003 to be the coordinating entity for clinical research among the ASU, UA, Northern Arizona University, and the state’s major hospitals.
“This agreement represents the accumulation of an unprecedented coalition between education, science, and government, and exemplifies the city and state’s commitment to research and academic excellence,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.
“Phoenix, ASU sign pact to build biomedical campus,” Business Journal, 02/04/2004
City of Phoenix news release, 02/05/2004