Durham Research Tower I & II

Durham Research Center & Durham Research Center II

A tower of research gives new hope...

"The glass, steel and concrete structure rises from the ground and towers over Saddle Creek Road. It stands with its twin and marks the west end of the UNMC campus. For some, UNMC's newest research facility, the Durham Research Center II, is a source of pride. But, for many more people, it is a symbol for hope, progress and cures." UNMC Discover

The University of Nebraska Medical Center opened its latest research facility Wednesday, May 6th – the Durham Research Center II (DRC II).

Named in honor of the late Charles (Chuck) Durham, the former CEO and chairman of the engineering and architectural firm, HDR, Inc., the DRC II is a twin to the Durham Research Center (DRC), which opened in 2003. The DRC II, which cost $74 million, has 10 levels, 95 laboratories and 252,179 gross square feet. Durham provided the lead gift for both research towers.

The DRC II sits directly south of the original DRC at the northwest corner of Emile Street and Durham Research Plaza (formerly 45th Street). The two buildings, which are connected on the atrium level, anchor the west end of the UNMC campus known as the Durham Research Plaza.

Initially, the DRC II will house more than 250 staff members, including 35 principal investigators, who bring in a combined $76.4 million in research funding. These physicians, scientists and public health experts will collaborate to tackle some of the most perplexing diseases of our time.

The scientists are conducting research on pulmonary diseases, neurodevelopmental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, regenerative medicine, serious bacterial infections including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as gastroenterology/hepatology diseases.

The DRC is 289,000 square feet, costs $ 78 million, has 10 levels, 117 research laboratories, a 319-seat auditorium, 3 classrooms and 15 conference/seminar rooms. This research tower employs 350 staff members, including 80 principal investigators, who bring in a combined $ 101.8 million in research funding. and will enable UNMC to enhance its research in a number of areas, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurosciences, transplantation biology, genetics, and eye research.

UNMC’s research funding from external sources now exceeds $82 million annually and has resulted in the creation of more than 2,600 highly skilled jobs in the state.