NEW: Brown University plans major expansion in Jewelry District

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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Brown’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine in the Jewelry District. The University is now looking to expand. PICTURED: Brown

Brown University announced Tuesday that it has taken the first step toward realizing a “long-term vision” for a new integrated life sciences building in the Jewelry District neighborhood of Providence.

According to Brown, as planned, the facility would provide “state-of-the-art laboratory space for researchers in biology, medicine, brain science, bioengineering, public health and other disciplines to work together on pressing health issues.”

A location in the Jewelry District would provide researchers with proximity to enable close collaboration with scientists and physicians at Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and hospital partners affiliated with the University, the University said.


Brown did not reveal the specific location in his announcement.

“[A] the specific location is yet to be determined,” Brown’s spokesperson Brian Clark told GoLocal. “At this early stage, we can only describe the general characteristics of what would make a suitable site – l Jewelry District’s location, for example, close to other Brown and hospital research locations.

“The full programming phase to be launched from here will assess factors ranging from space needs and site requirements to conceptual design and projected scale and scope, as well as estimated project costs. and funding sources,” he added. “As part of this process, we will begin to thoroughly examine site possibilities.”

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A vote of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Corporation of Brown University, the University’s governing body, at its May meeting authorized the selection process to identify an architect for a new building.

Brown said the vote initiates an extended programming phase to assess factors ranging from space needs and site requirements to conceptual design and projected scale and scope, as well as estimated project costs. and sources of funding.

“By encouraging interdisciplinary research in biological and life sciences and biomedical engineering to address major societal burdens ranging from aging and associated diseases – cancer and brain disorders – to infectious diseases like malaria, scientists, physicians and Brown’s academics are at the forefront of the work. toward new discoveries and solutions that impact lives here in Rhode Island and around the world,” said Brown President Christina H. Paxson. “Our goal is to take this positive impact even further. As we begin planning for a major new facility in Providence that will enable integration across all areas of expertise, we look forward to innovative breakthroughs in life sciences for generations to come.

With approval to select an architect, Brown will embark on a multi-year process to plan, locate, design and construct the facility. The selection of the architect itself should take three to six months. And while a target timeline for the entire project would emerge during the overall planning process, the University estimates construction completion within four to five years.

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