"This will be a building that pulls all researchers and doctors together into one facility. And by doing that and having a chance for them to learn from each other we think we'll be just that more efficient," said Joel Seligman, University of Rochester President.
The institute will focus on applying research, in a sense taking it to the next level. "We focus on how we take that basic research and apply it to real world problems like the cervical cancer vaccine to give one of many illustrations," said Seligman.
The state committed $50 million towards the construction of the building. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says projects like these put
The U of R Medical Center, while small, has always been an innovator in medical research. The Clinical and Translational Science building is the first of its kind in the nation.
Building a Project of This Magnitude Now
"This project will happen. No if, ands or buts. It's going to happen and it will happen as quickly as we can do it," said Seligman.
U of R President Joel Seligman is frustrated with our nation's financial crisis. "The numbers that I worry about are not stock market numbers but unemployment numbers. We saw it grow to 6.1%. I'm fearful it's going to grow again," said Seligman.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's no way they'd pull funding on the project. "In these difficult economic times you invest capital money. You create construction jobs and by doing so you create permanent jobs that ultimately create revenue for the state of
The U of R Medical Center plans to pour the concrete soon. But the project may be slightly delayed. The university has to borrow money to start construction. "We need the credit markets to be unseized so that will be in a situation where we can cover short term bills," said Seligman.
In these tough times, one of the state's most powerful leaders promises to not abandon upstate
The new science building may be finished by 2010. That of course depends on how soon the u of r gets a loan to start construction.