Ground is officially broken for IRB
Under a festive tent on Ellis Avenue on Monday, Nov. 18, President Randel was joined by senior faculty and staff, as well as business and community leaders, in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Interdivisional Research Building, which will bring a 21st-century research laboratory to the campus for the Biological and Physical Sciences divisions. The new construction team for the IRB includes a joint venture partnership between Power Construction Company and two African-American construction firms, Louis Jones Enterprises and Broadway Consolidated. The building will occupy almost an entire block between Ellis and Drexel avenues on 57th Street, with two floors below ground and five above. Pictured above (left to right) are Richard Saller, Provost; President Randel; Keith Moffat, Deputy Provost for Research; Donald Reaves, Chief Financial Officer for the University; Thomas Rosenbaum, Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory; David Oxtoby, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences; and James Madara, Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences, the Richard T. Crane Professor in the BSD and Vice President for Medical Affairs.