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Ribbon Cut: Official Opening of Sherman Center

The UMass Chan Medical School enters a new era of biomedical research, medical education and campus collaboration with the opening of the $400 million, state-of-the-art Albert Sherman Center. Home to Nobel Prize-winning research and the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Act, the Sherman Center was unveiled to the public on January 30, 2013 a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Gov. Deval Patrick.

“The completion of the Albert Sherman Center is a transformative event in the history of the Commonwealth’s medical school,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins. “It would be hard to overstate the importance of this new center to our campus, or the positive impact of the work that will go on within it.”

“Bringing a project as large and complex as the Sherman Center to reality, on-time and within budget, is a remarkable achievement that took thousands of people to accomplish,” Collins said. “From the leaders of state government who had the foresight to invest in the life sciences, to those who helped envision a new design for medical education and research, to the hands that turned the first shovel of dirt and applied the last finishing touch of paint within, every person involved in creating this outstanding facility should be proud of their contribution.”

“Our investments in education, innovation and infrastructure have come together to support the completion of the Albert Sherman Center here at UMass Chan Medical School,” Gov. Patrick said. “This landmark project is a testament to what is possible when we work together to invest in this generation and the next.”

Named for UMass Chan Medical School’s former vice chancellor for university relations, the Albert Sherman Center was built in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Building Authority and funded in part by $90 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, which administers Gov. Patrick’s Life Sciences Initiative, enacted by the Massachusetts legislature in 2008.