A year-old biomedical research building at the Kansas University Medical Center will be named for the same benefactor who paid for KU's 2-year-old performing arts center in Lawrence.
The $14 million Ernst F. Lied Biomedical Research Building will be formally named in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the medical center in Kansas City, Kan.
Ernst F. Lied attended KU for two years in the 1920s. He earned a fortune in the real estate business in Las Vegas and died in 1980.
In June, the Lied Foundation of Las Vegas provided a $1 million endowment with a possible $500,000 match to support biomedical research at KUMC.
The foundation gave $10 million to the university in 1988 to build a performing arts center in Lawrence, called the Lied Center. The foundation has also pledged $1.5 million, again with a possible $500,000 match, for performing arts programs at the Lied Center.