MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University President Michael Lovell announced in his second Presidential Address on Wednesday, January 20th that the university will partner with Aurora Health Care in constructing its state-of-the-art Athletic Performance Research Center. The center is expected to serve as a national destination for scientific research in human performance.
As part of the deal, Aurora will be making a capital investment of $40 million toward the project – the single largest investment it has ever made with a partner in its headquarter community.
The center, which is expected to range in size from 250,000 to 300,000 square feet and cost approximately $120 million to construct, will cover four city blocks to redefine a vacant corridor near the Marquette Interchange. The Athletic Performance Research Center will span 12 acres, bordered by 6th Street, 10th Street, West Michigan Street and the Interchange.
"I believe this Athletic Performance Research Center is not only going to transform Marquette, but also transform Milwaukee -- as it's going to become a national center of excellence and destination for scholars, students and researchers from across the country," said Pres. Lovell.
In a news release, Nick Turkal, MD, CEO of Aurora Health Care said the following:
"This partnership is a true differentiator, bringing experts from health care, higher education and the highest level of sports together to take health science, innovation and research to the next level."
Groundbreaking for the new facility is planned for 2017, with the goal of opening near the time the Milwaukee Bucks open their multi-purpose arena and sports and entertainment district.