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Gov. McAullife and Virginia Tech officials break ground for new biomedical building

The new biomedical research facility in Roanoke is expected to open spring 2020. (Virginia Tech)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe joined Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic officials to begin construction on a new facility in Roanoke.

They say the facility will expand biomedical research and provide enhanced experiential learning opportunities to students at all levels.

According to Virginia Tech, the 139,000-gross-square-foot building will rise on the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus at Jefferson Street and Reserve Avenue.

They say the new building is an expansion on the success of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and will provide additional state-of-the-art research laboratories organized around interactive research themes and infused with experiential learning environments.

"This new facility will allow scientists and clinicians to intersect and exchange ideas that will provide tremendous benefits to the people of Virginia and the world," Gov. McAuliffe said.

Roanoke Mayor Sherman P. Lea shared that it will bring "a wellspring of new business and educational opportunities" to the city.

Virginia Tech says the $90 million dollar building is expected to open spring 2020.

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