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Brown to Present Life Sciences Building Plans


Pending approval from the City of Providence, the University will build a new laboratory space for cutting-edge life sciences research.

After key approvals by its governing board in late May, Brown University will present plans for a new life sciences building during a series of public meetings in June.

The Corporation of Brown University at its recent business meeting approved the site for construction of Brown’s planned integrated life sciences building, announced in 2022. The selected location for the 300,000-square-foot, seven-story research facility will be on Richmond Street in the heart of Providence’s Jewelry District, across from The Warren Alpert Medical School near Ship and Elbow streets.

With state-of-the-art laboratory space for scientists working on pressing health challenges, the building will serve as a new focal point in a neighborhood becoming a nexus for biomedical innovation. It will contribute to the vitality and energy of the streetscape with publicly accessible interior spaces on the ground floor and incorporated green spaces on site.

The Corporation’s site approval moves Brown one step closer to realizing a long-held vision to create an integrated life sciences building (ILSB) with state-of-the-art laboratory space for researchers in biology, medicine, brain science, bioengineering, and public health. Mukesh K. Jain, MD, senior vice president for health affairs and dean of medicine and biological sciences, says a modern facility with the lab space, technology, and infrastructure to enable cutting-edge research will enable the University to make an even greater positive impact, while advancing Rhode Island’s growing presence in the life sciences sector.

“The life sciences at Brown continue to grow at a robust rate, and this building meets a critical infrastructure need that ensures our research and discovery will continue to grow and thrive, and impact communities in meaningful ways,” Jain says. “By developing the laboratory capacity of Brown and our partners, we can also help propel Rhode Island forward as a center for biotech research and innovation.”

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