University Of Miami Medical School To Build Research Center In Hospital Area
By Susan Stabley
The University of Miami’s School of Medicine will build a research facility in the civic center area – the first of several expansions that will add 1 million square feet of floor space.
The school plans to build two structures at 1150 NW 14th St. – a 15-story office building next to an 11-story parking garage topped by a two-level wellness center.
Cost estimate for the project is $73.1 million. It is expected to create 1,400 permanent jobs and will generate about $4.1 million annually in taxes, according to city documents.
The facility, with nearly 400,000 square feet of floor space, will be used to consolidate clinical research activities that are now spread among at least four buildings on the university’s medical campus, said Dr. Norman Altman, vice provost for research at UM.
The new building, west of downtown Miami in the civic center-hospital area north of State Road 836, will house disciplines from behavioral science to pediatrics and will localize faculty, staff and patients. The School of Medicine plans to eventually add about 1 million square feet of floor space for research activities, Dr. Altman said.
"We want the University of Miami School of Medicine to move up in its rankings," Dr. Altman said. "We need to have the space to attract new programs, new research and new faculty. The administration is solidly behind this."
The University of Miami’s medical school ranks 42nd among 150 in a ranking by the National Institutes of Health, he said.
"We’re in the upper one-third. We want to be in the upper 20," Dr. Altman said. "It’s important to recognize that we are relatively young. The school started in 1952, and we have already risen that high."