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Regents Consider UA ‘SIPHER’ Building

By Stephanie Innes for Arizona Daily Star

A $163M high-tech facility for health-sciences students at the University of Arizona could add to what’s turning into a local medical construction boom.

The Arizona Board of Regents is scheduled to consider a 220KSF “Simulation, Inter-Professional Healthcare Education and Research (SIPHER) Building” to go up on what’s now a parking lot near the UA colleges of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and public health, as well as the Medical Research Building and the BIO5 Institute.

The new building will promote team-based, face-to-face communication, “while recognizing that this engagement also must occur virtually through multiple technological modalities,” the project description says.

The SIPHER building would also be in close proximity to the planned $107.5M BioScience Research Laboratories building.

The exact height of the SIPHER building has not yet been decided, but a height of 10 or 11 stories has been discussed, UA Health Sciences spokesman George Humphrey said. The SIPHER height would be similar to that of a new tower expected to be constructed at nearby Banner-University Medical Center Tucson.

The timeline on the project, according to materials accompanying the Board of Regents agenda, is for construction to begin in 2017.

The goal would be to have the building ready for students in the fall semester of 2018.

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