Room to Grow and Serve More Patients: ARUP Breaks Ground for New Building

October 1, 2018

Hundreds of ARUP employees joined ARUP and University of Utah leadership on a warm, autumn day to witness the groundbreaking for what will be ARUP’s fifth building in Research Park, providing an additional 200,000 square feet of laboratory space. Pictured: Peter Jensen, MD, Chair of the U of U Department of Pathology and of the ARUP board; Sherrie Perkins, MD, PhD, CEO, ARUP; Michael Lowell Good, MD, Sr. VP U of U Health; Andy Theurer, CPA, President, ARUP.

ARUP Laboratories broke ground on October 1, 2018 for a new building that will add an additional 200,000 square feet of laboratory space. This building will be one of five buildings that ARUP occupies in Research Park. ARUP is a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah (U of U).

“We are excited for the critical space this building will provide to accommodate the growth we’ve experienced,” says ARUP Laboratories’ CEO Sherrie Perkins, MD, PhD. “It is another step in helping us remain at the forefront of laboratory medicine and provide the best we have to our patients and clients.” Perkins is also a professor of pathology at the U of U School of Medicine.

Located at the base of Salt Lake City foothills, the building will provide employees with plenty of natural light and mountain views through more than 18,500 square feet of windows. It will be located directly across from where most of ARUP’s 65 labs are located—a building that was constructed almost 30 years ago.

This centralization of labs allows for easy collaboration among ARUP’s pathology experts, most of whom hold a faculty position in the U of U Department of Pathology. It can also expedite turnaround time for certain tests that may depend on the interaction of multiple labs.

President of ARUP Laboratories, Andy Theurer, adds, “This additional space will allow us to expand our automation efforts, which in turn will continue to drive our quality, efficiency, and cost containment for the next 10 years.” 


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