Jul 20 2006


U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, today announced committee approval for important funding for Alabama projects included in the fiscal year 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill.

“Today the committee approved funding for two important projects in Alabama which will improve our already solid universities,” Senator Shelby said. “These funds are essential to the development of the University of Alabama Health Services Facility and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, both of which will further advance the missions of these premier academic institutions.”

University of Alabama Health Services Facility – $10 million

Funding will allow the University to construct a 70,000 square foot interdisciplinary health services building that will house a variety of health care disciplines to educate entry-level professionals who will provide medical services in rural Alabama.

Senator Shelby said, “These educators will be housed in close proximately to one another, enabling them to share research and ideas on the important task of bringing quality health care to our citizens living in rural areas. Many of Alabama’s children and elderly live in our rural communities and need local access to well-trained medical service providers. Particularly in time of emergency, it is important that health care is local and expedient.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Interdisciplinary Sciences Building - Phase II – $10 million

When Phase II of this building is complete the facility will include research laboratories, research support areas including a state-of-the art microscopy area, offices, administrative space for graduate programs, and conference rooms.

Senator Shelby said, “UAB’s emphasis on research will continue to gain prominence thanks to the construction of this facility. The most up-to-date technology is critical in UAB’s quest to remain on the forefront of emerging medical research and to make important strides in the prevention and treatment of diseases. As we have seen throughout Alabama, strong research and development programs in our universities also help the area through investments in economic development. It is my hope that this new building will bring jobs and further revitalization to Birmingham.”