BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech took another step forward Monday with its ambitious plan to expand the university’s medical footprint on its Roanoke campus.
The university’s board of visitors approved a comprehensive agreement with partner Carilion Clinic to construct a Health Sciences and Technology Comparative Oncology Research Center and classroom building as well as the project’s financing.
The new facility will bring together faculty and students studying a wide range of areas from biomaterials to cancer research and will be researching humans, lab animals and companion animals. Those working and taking class in the building will be part of a variety of colleges and research institutes from across the university.
The nearly $90 million project announced last year will be funded with $48.3 million from state appropriations, $23.7 million of bond money and $17.7 million from private gifts and other non-state support, including money from Carilion.
“All the formal, important pieces fell into place today,” said Michael Friedlander, a leader of the project and vice president for Health Sciences and Technology at Tech. “We’re very excited about this.”
Deborah Petrine, the board’s vice rector, also laid out a timeline for integration of the school’s next college, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, which will fully become part of Tech on July 1, 2018.
Petrine said the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has confirmed that Tech will be able to confer medical degrees on that date.
In other items from Monday’s meeting: