Workers top off Loyola’s $137 million medical research and education center
MAYWOOD, Ill. – On June 9th, construction workers topped off Loyola University Chicago’s $137 million medical research and education building.
Iron workers signed their names and attached an American flag to the final beam to be placed in the Center for Translational Research and Education. A crane hoisted the beam, which workers secured to the top floor of the five-story building.
Construction of the center began in August, 2013. The center is on schedule to open in April, 2016 on the university’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood.
The 227,000-square-foot building is a collaboration among Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Health System and CHE-Trinity Health. The center will support nearly 500 scientists and staff working together to improve human health.
The center will include bench laboratory and support space for 72 principal investigators plus space for 40 lead scientists engaged in desktop research such as public health, health services, nursing, bioinformatics and epidemiology. A 250-seat auditorium will provide a link with the local community, serving primarily as a showcase for health-related programming.
The center will accommodate principal investigators, postdoctoral trainees, physicians, nurses, residents, fellows, graduate students and students from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
Researchers now scattered among buildings throughout the Health Sciences Campus will be centralized in the research and education center. The center is located between the Maguire office building and Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine.