Back in 2011, we opened the doors of the Medical School’s new home at 222 Richmond Street. This was an enormous milestone, and it never would have been possible without the leadership and support of the Brown community. As we look forward to Brown’s plans to significantly grow its research enterprise, we are once again in need of more space for our ever-burgeoning efforts in the life sciences. With much excitement, Brown announced in June its plan for a new building in Providence’s Jewelry District.
President Christina H. Paxson noted that the goal of new life sciences space in the Jewelry District dates back to Building on Distinction, a 10-year strategic plan launched in 2014 to build on Brown’s excellence, and the BrownTogether comprehensive fundraising campaign that commenced a year later to advance support for the plan’s priorities.
“By fostering interdisciplinary research in the biological and life sciences and biomedical engineering to address major societal burdens ranging from aging and associated diseases—cancer and brain disorders—to infectious diseases like malaria, Brown scientists, physicians, and scholars are at the leading edge of work toward new discoveries and solutions that impact lives here in Rhode Island and across the globe,” Paxson said. “Our goal is to advance that positive impact even further. As we begin planning for a major new facility in Providence that will enable integration across fields of expertise, we look forward to innovative life sciences breakthroughs for generations to come.”
With the approval to select an architect, Brown will begin planning, locating, designing, and building the facility. Architect selection itself is expected to take three to six months. And while a target timeline for the full project will emerge during the overall planning process, the University estimates construction completion in the range of four to five years.
The Integrated Life Sciences Building is off to a promising start with an incredible gift of $20 million from an anonymous donor. Stay tuned for more information about this signature capital project and how you can be a part of this exciting development in the Jewelry District.