Burns & McDonnell to build University of Missouri's medicine complex


US-based construction firm Burns & McDonnell has secured a $220.8m contract from the University of Missouri to build the Translational Precision Medicine Complex (TPMC).

The new complex, located along Hospital Drive in Columbia, Missouri, is expected to bring together industry partners, multiple schools and colleges on campus.

Covering a total area of 275,000ft², the facility is expected to be completed in October 2021.

The TPMC complex is expected to build upon the university’s existing strengths to open new opportunities to transcend traditional learning, bringing world-class minds together to create the next generation of biomedical solutions.

University of Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright said. “This facility will act as a shared biomedical resource to tackle cancer, neurological and vascular diseases while helping us attract federal and industry grants and funding.

“Only a handful of these types of collaborative venues exist throughout the country. This will position MU and the other UM campuses on the forefront of leading-edge research discoveries.”

University of Missouri vice chancellor for strategic partnerships Elizabeth Loboa said: “The most promising ideas will advance from concept through pilot-scale manufacturing - from benchtop to bedside, all from inside the TPMC.”

A Burns & McDonnell architect who is leading the building design Clint Blew said:  "At Burns & McDonnell, we are honored to be a part of this cutting-edge facility that will be a critical and energizing addition to the MU campus

"Our firm has experienced architects, designers, and engineers all under one roof to collaborate with clients and partners to address the full scope of the complex facility design.

"And as a firm headquartered in Missouri, we are honored to be a part of this project that will place MU in a national and international leadership position in medical and research practice for decades to come."


Image: A rendering of the Translational Precision Medicine Complex. Photo: Courtesy of The Curators of the University of Missouri.

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