Construction of the Robert and Penny Fox Tower at The Wistar Institute reached a milestone this weekend with the arrival on site of a massive construction crane. Steel girders and beams will begin arriving shortly and the tower will start to rise before the end of this month.
The planned seven-story, 89,700-square-foot Fox Tower will enable Wistar to expand its research operations, recruit new scientific faculty and pursue collaborative biomedical research in emerging areas of science. It is slated for completion in 2014.
Five of the floors will house laboratories designed to support team science. With flexible, open floor plans and next generation equipment and facilities, each floor will accommodate up to four principal investigators and their laboratory staffs. These progressive laboratories, and plans to recruit up to 10 new faculty members, will enable the Institute to increase the capacity of every team working on genetics, vaccines and cancer research.
Construction of the Fox Tower is supported in part by the $35 million Building Wistar, Changing the World capital campaign. Thanks to the generous support of many, the campaign has raised $25 million to date.