Fort Lauderdale performing arts center to experience upgrade and expansion; new office building in Virginia to house behavioral health services; and University of Pittsburgh planning biomed research center in Italy.
University of Pittsburgh planning biomed research center in Italy
The Ri.MED Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center in Palermo, Sicily, is a 334,000-sf research facility for global biomedical research and development, planned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The $269 million (210 million euros) center will focus on translational science, which aims to accelerate the development of practical solutions to medical challenges. It will employ more than 600 staff when fully operational (it is slated to open in 2016). Future phases call for a new hospital and medical school. The joint venture design team: lead architect HOK, engineering consultant Buro Happold (London and Milan), designer Progetto CMR (Milan), and engineers De Cola Associati (Palermo) and Eupro (Ragusa, Italy).