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Duke Trustees OK New Research Building

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DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke University Board of Trustees on Friday gave the go-ahead to a construction project that would create a second Medical Science Research Building (MSRB).

The 165,000-square-foot medical science building will support the growing need for research space for a number of centers and departments, including the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Stedman Nutrition Center, the department of surgery and the department of medicine.

School of Medicine Dean R. Sanders Williams, M.D., said that "Duke has recruited outstanding new leadership in these and other departments, and the new research space, including open wet labs, will support those hires. The new lab space will also help us recruit other leading researchers, enhance research productivity and accommodate the advanced equipment that is central to our research enterprise."

MSRB II will also support and complement the nearby Center for Human Genetics and Center for Models of Human Disease. The four-level building, which will cost $64 million, will be built on the southeast corner of Research Drive and Erwin Road, near the existing MSRB. It is a part of Duke's master plan to create a West Campus research corridor with its own distinctive identity.

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