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NEW YORK CITY — Construction has commenced for a new $650 million research facility at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The new Medical Research Building will contain 480,000 square feet over 18 stories — more than doubling the college's existing research space. It will be located on East 69th Street between York and First avenues.

The Medical Research Building will provide facilities for a variety of topics, including neuroscience, pediatric medicine, stem cell and developmental biology, molecular medicine, global health and infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders. The facility will also serve as the home of the Weill Cornell Cancer Center.

The project is being designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, and Tishman Construction is the construction manager. It is being funded as part of the Discoveries that Make a Difference Campaign, which is raising $1.3 billion to advance medical research. Weill Cornell's partners in this campaign include New York – Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, The Mothodist Hospital – Houston and Weill Cornell's Qatar campus.

The project is slated for completion in December 2011. Weill Cornell Medical College is the medical school of Cornell University.

— Coleman Wood

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