BizTucson Articles in 2016 Highlight Banner Construction, Dr. Weill, Big Data

BizTucson magazine has featured several articles throughout 2016 on topics of note to the University of Arizona Health Sciences and the UA Department of Medicine, most recently a Fall Issue spotlight on Banner – University Medical Center’s construction projects in Tucson.

With Caterpillar on the cover and nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in building projects under way now north of Speedway on the University of Health Sciences campus, there's a lot to dig here. See this and other articles of interest below.


The “BizMedicine” article—“New Healthcare Tower Rises from Old Polo Field” [PDF]—starts on p. 136 and gives a by-the-numbers breakdown that includes:

  • $400 million – cost of new tower construction and other renovations
  • $50 million – Cost of patient care equipment and computers
  • 670,000 - Square footage of new hospital tower
  • 400 – Workers onsite at peak of construction
  • 204 – New patient rooms on floors five through nine
  • $211 million – Anticipated construction spending in Southern Arizona
  • 77% - Share of trade partners from Southern Arizona

The article also mentions another $100 million committed to a major outpatient health center at Banner – UMC North Campus nestled between the UA Cancer Center’s Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic at 3838 N. Campbell Ave. and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona on Allen Road.

No mention so far for the roughly $250 million being spent on the two UA Health Sciences structures also going up adjacent to the hospital  on the UAHS campus north of Speedway. These include the UA Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) and Biosciences Research Laboratory (BSRL) next to the BIO5 Keating and Medical Research Buildings.

For the latest updates, alerts, project overviews, maps and webcams of all UAHS Campus Construction, click here.


We won the trifecta in this issue with three articles:


Another trifecta plus one struck in March with four additional articles on UA Health Sciences topics:

  • The big story from the UA was “Global Leader in Big-Data Science – UA Earns Second $50 Million Grant” [PDF] on p. 42.

    The Big-Data article, referring to a follow-up $50 million grant to its original National Science Foundation grant in 2008 before the then-iPlant effort was rebranded CyVerse, quotes the UA Sarver Heart Center member Peter Antin, PhD, who is Cyverse’s principal investigator. He also is a professor of cellular and molecular medicine and associate dean of research at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    “More and more, science involves very large data sets and the analysis of those data sets to create understanding. The data sets are so large and complex and the handling of them is so difficult, that you need this sort of large infrastructure to do it for you, otherwise you grind to a halt very quickly,” Dr. Antin told BizTucson. (Click here for an easier-to-read online version of article.)
  • Under the heading BizBenefit, the magazine previews the 22nd Father of the Year Awards Gala (held in May 2016) with proceeds benefiting the UA Steele Children’s Research Center under the headline, “$3.4 Million for Type 1 Diabetes Research and Care: Father’s Day Council Tucson Honors 6 Dedicated Dads” [PDF]. Money raised helps fund new physicians and researchers in pediatric endocrinology.
  • There’s also a sidebar article under BizReal Estate for the “Sarver Family Legacy” [PDF] that offers a some historic background on the family for whom the UA Sarver Heart Center is named, led by Robert Sarver, chairman and CEO of Western Alliance Bancorp. and managing partner of the Phoenix Suns. He and wife Penny made a substantial gift in 1998 resulting in the UA Heart Center being renamed.
  • In BizAwards, Dr. Andrew Weil is again lauded as one of the winners in a p. 141 article, "MOCA Presents Local Genius Awards" [PDF].


  • Listen up young aspiring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty physicians. Perhaps the most valuable article in this issue for you was about Tucson's ranking as the No. 4 best city in the nation for millennials by Money Magazine in "Tucson Hot Spot for Millenials" [PDF]. The cover loudly proclaims "HOT SPOT FOR MILLENNIALS - TOP 5 NATION'S BEST CITIES."
  • The UA Cancer Center's Yi Zeng, MD, PhD, and Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, of the UA Department of Pediatrics and Steel Children’s Research Center, are the subject of an article on p. 92 about grants they received totaling “$500,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research Funded by Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Jim Click” [PDF].
  • On p. 154, there’s also a nice feature on Grant and Michelle Senner (at right), two UA alum who started an endowment at the UA Health Sciences to support new precision health programs based in the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine with an initial gift of $280,000. See “Precision Medicine – Senner Endowment Funds Genetics Research” [PDF]. 

See more stories on our faculty at the UA Department of Medicine website under our News Archive, Top Doctors, Featured Spotlights and Research Spotlights sections.

If you see a magazine article featuring a faculty or staff member from the Department of Medicine, feel free to relay it to Communications Coordinator David Mogollón at

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Release Date: 
12/07/2016 - 8:30am