UMass celebrates official opening of new $160 million life science building

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AMHERST – There was a sense of déjà vu among the some of the more one hundred who gathered in an empty space in the $160 million life science building to celebrate the official opening of the occupied other half.

In June, many of the same people gathered for an announcement that Gov. Deval L. Patrick had awarded a $95 million to outfit this part of building over the next two years.
The building was left as a shell so it could be equipped as research initiatives were developed.

“Didn’t we do this before,” said UMass Board of Trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas III, of the speakers at the celebration and ribbon cutting.

But he then praised the opening of the other half that provides research space for graduate students and faculty. “I’m very proud of this great campus,” he said.

UMass Cuts Ribbon to $160m Life Science Laboratories Building UMass officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of phase one of the $160 million Life Science Laboratories building.

In extolling the building’s official opening, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said, “the future is being shaped today.” The building allows for faculty cluster groups who are working on similar issues to work near each other and greater collaboration.“It belongs to no one department,” he said. The research space opened in August.

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