U-M to Add More Biotech Research Space at Ann Arbor Site

The University of Michigan (U-M) Board of Regents recently approved a $17.5 million expansion project that would add more research space to its North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) which is located at 2800 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor.

The University of Michigan (U-M) Board of Regents recently approved a $17.5 million expansion project that would add more research space to its North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) which is located at 2800 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor.

U-M Board of Regents’ approval comes almost four years since the University paid $108 million for the former Pfizer pharmaceutical research complex, including its 27 buildings. In spring 2010 the first University employees were relocated at the complex and now there are nearly 1,700 people working in the NCRC laboratories and offices. Since June 2009 U-M has invested over $90 million in improvements at the 174-acre site, according to AnnArbor.com.

In early 2013 the University will embark on a two-year renovation/expansion project at the 68,000-square-foot Building 20E, which was built in 1956. Under designs by a team of architects of Detroit-based architecture firm SmithGroupJJR, the project would create around 40 construction jobs.

The expanded research space is meant to increase biomedical research collaboration between NCRC’s teams of scientists who do research in cancer, cardiovascular disease, bio-interfaces, health care services, transportation, bioinformatics and emergency medicine.

Image of North Campus Research Complex courtesy of University of Michigan