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
Working inside Durham Research Center I and II are physicians, scientists and public health experts tackling some of the most perplexing diseases of our time.
The research towers were named in honor of the late Charles (Chuck) Durham, former chairman and chief executive of the engineering and architectural firm HDR Inc., who provided the lead gift for both projects.
The original Durham Research Center opened in 2003 and cost $78 million. It contains 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.
The second tower opened in 2009, cost $74 million and has 95 laboratories. It is home to more than 250 staff members, including 35 principal investigators, who bring in a combined $76.4 million in research funding.
Together, the twin 10-story research towers enable UNMC to enhance research in a number of areas, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurosciences, transplantation biology, genetics, and eye research. The two towers contain a combined total of more than 550,000 square feet of space dedicated to research.
UNMC’s research funding from external sources now exceeds $100 million annually and has resulted in the creation of more than 3,200 highly skilled jobs in the state.