The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers has proposed a $160 million project to consolidate the university's clinical pathology laboratories.
A memo to the Board of Regents from the university's vice president for medical affairs Marschall Runge and CFO Douglas Strong said the project will improve efficiency and reduce the expense of having laboratories in multiple locations.
There are currently similar laboratories in the University Hospital, University Hospital South, Medical Science Unit I, the North Ingalls Building and space the university leases from other entities.
The new facility would provide a central laboratory as well as faculty offices and resident training. According to the memo from Strong and Runge, it will also be designed to remain flexible as future education, research and technology requirements shift.
The proposed lab would be located in the North Campus Research Complex Buildings 30, 35, 36 and 60. The buildings are located along the southwest side of the complex, just east of McIntyre Road.
The $160 million price tag includes the architectural, electrical and mechanical work at the NCRC as well as renovations at the university's main and south hospitals to allow for increased automated sample processing.
The Michigan Medical Genetics laboratory of the Department of Pediatrics would also relocate to the NCRC as part of the project.
The Hospitals and Health Centers' resources will cover the $160 million cost of the project. The regents are being asked to approve Tsoi/Kobus and Associates to design the project, which is expected to provide an average of 118 on-site construction jobs once building gets underway. A schedule for completion of the project will be available once the schematic design has been finished.
The Board of Regents will consider the proposal at its April 16 meeting.