Murray and Sons, Topeka, submitted the low bid of $6,073,000 for construction of the Dolph Simons Center for Biosciences Research Facility at Kansas University.
The bids were opened Thursday in Topeka.
The contractors expect to begin work as soon as the bids are reviewed by university and state officials and contracts are signed.
Allen L. Wiechert, university architect, said the $8.95 million center will contain 48,600 gross square feet. It will be funded by grants totaling $4.9 million from the National Cancer Institute and a special revenue bond fund of $4.05 million approved by the state which KU will repay.
The new building will be constructed on the Lawrence West Campus as part of the Higuchi Biosciences Research Center of Excellence. It will provide much needed research space for the nationally recognized pharmaceutical and biochemical programs at KU. The building is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in fall 1995.
The building, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World and former chairman of the KU Endowment Association, will house laboratories, offices and lab support space and will bring Higuchi researchers to one location. Current facilities are filled to capacity and do not allow for expansion of programs that have already received funding.
"This research facility will provide needed impetus for the sciences at the University of Kansas," Chancellor Gene A. Budig said. "It represents an important step forward."
The Higuchi Biosciences Center comprises Centers of Excellence for biomedical research, biomedical analytical research and drug delivery research.
The center is named in honor of the late Takeru Higuchi, university regents distinguished professor of chemistry and pharmacy at KU from 1967 until his death in 1987. World-renowned as the father of physical pharmacy, Higuchi was instrumental in establishing the Center for Bioanalytical Research.