Design review process for Rhode Island’s new state health lab gets underway

The Rhode Island Department of Administration shared a rendering of the new state health lab on Richmond Street in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The public design review process for Rhode Island’s new state health lab will get underway at the I-195 Redevelopment Commission meeting Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Gov. Dan McKee announced that the new life sciences building being built on the former Interstate 195 land in Providence will house a Department of Health laboratory.

The 212,000 square foot building will also be home to labs for Brown University and lease other space to local life sciences groups.

“We’re grateful for all the partners who came together to ensure Rhode Island maximizes this significant economic development opportunity while advancing the state’s important public health goals,” said the governor on Oct. 4.

Dr. Glen Gallagher, director of Department of Health’s state health laboratories, said the pandemic emphasized the importance of a larger space as the need for testing and new technologies is in high demand.

The new space will accommodate testing for different types of infectious disease and a variety of other public health concerns.

Funding for the $81.7 million project comes from an Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The public comments meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the South Street Landing.

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