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June 28, 2021

Media Advisory: Groundbreaking Ceremony for UArizona Applied Research Building

  • What: Groundbreaking ceremony for new Applied Research Building at the University of Arizona
  • When: Tuesday, June 29, 8 a.m.
  • Where: Southeast corner of East Helen Street and North Highland Avenue
  • RSVP: Please email if you are planning to attend.

Construction of the University of Arizona's new $85 million, three-story Applied Research Building, or ARB, will begin on Tuesday, June 29. The 89,000-square-foot facility, located at the southeast corner of East Helen Street and North Highland Avenue, will be the future home of UArizona research that advances the fields of applied physical sciences and engineering. It is expected to be completed in January 2023.

Tuesday's groundbreaking event will include remarks from University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, College of Engineering Dean David Hahn and Steward Observatory Assistant Astronomer Ewan Douglas. Speakers will be available for interviews following the event.

The Applied Research Building will allow for new research capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and will house several interdisciplinary university programs in one location.

The ARB will be dedicated specifically to research programs related to the "Grand Challenges" pillar of the university's strategic plan. These grand challenges fall into areas such as space exploration, artificial intelligence, the environment and disease prevention.

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Media contact:
Nick Prevenas
University Communications
Office: 520-621-2194 | Cell: 520-490-0049

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 40 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2019 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $734 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 66 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually. For the latest on the University of Arizona response to the novel coronavirus, visit the university's COVID-19 webpage.


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