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Workers top off Loyola's $137 million medical research and education center

MAYWOOD, Ill. (June 10, 2014) – On June 9th, construction workers topped off  Loyola University Chicago’s $137 million medical research and education building.

Ironworkers signed their names and attached an American flag to the final beam to be placed in the Center for Translational Research & Education. A crane hoisted the beam, which workers secured to the top floor of the five-story building.

Construction of the center began in August 2013. The center is on schedule to open in April 2016 on the university’s Health Sciences Division campus in Maywood.

The 227,000-square-foot building is a collaboration between Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Health System and CHE-Trinity Health. The center will support nearly 500 scientists and staff working together to improve health.

The center will include bench laboratory and support space for 72 principal investigators plus space for 40 lead scientists engaged in desktop research such as public health, health services, nursing, bioinformatics and epidemiology. A 250-seat auditorium will provide a link with the local community, serving primarily as a showcase for health-related programming.

The center will accommodate principal investigators, postdoctoral trainees, physicians, nurses, residents, fellows, graduate students and students from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

Researchers now scattered among buildings throughout the Health Sciences Division campus will be centralized in the research and education center. The center is located between the Maguire office building and Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit

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Joseph Pixler
Health Sciences Division
Health Sciences Division