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Harvard Halts Construction of $1B Science Complex

Harvard University will "pause" construction of its $1 billion Allston Science Complex in Boston next spring upon completion of the current phase, President Drew Gilpin Faust announced in a letter this week to the university and Allston communities.

The action delays the university's plans to move its Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and a new department of stem cell and regenerative biology, to the new science center.

"The altered financial landscape of the University, and of the wider world, necessitates a shift away from rapid development in Allston," Faust said in her letter, released Thursday. "The most prudent course is to delay the next phase of construction while continuing a rigorous analysis of strategies for resumed activity."

That analysis will be conducted by a three-person team of Harvard professionals. They will examine options that include "co-development with private partners or other institutional partners," Katherine Lapp, Harvard's executive vice president, said in the university's official publication, the Harvard Gazette.
 
 

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