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Skanska Completes Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke

International construction and development firm Skanska has announced the completion of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Addition. The 139,000-square foot building is located on the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke.

The primary focus of the four-story building is to provide state-of-the-art research facilities for enhanced biomedical research programs in vital thematic areas, including neuroscience, cancer, cardiovascular science, infectious diseases and immunity, biomaterials-body-device interfaces and metabolism and obesity. The project was a collaboration between Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic. AECOM was the architect on the project.

“It was an honor to work with Virginia Tech on this new biomedical space offering greater learning and business opportunities for the technical workforce in the region,” said Gregory Peele, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska’s building operations in Virginia/North Carolina. “The additional space allows Tech to expand efforts in areas that will benefit people in Virginia and the rest of the United States.”

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