Marquette University to partner with Aurora Health Care on Athletic Performance Research Center

January 20, 2016

Aurora announces $40 million capital investment in the project

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell today announced in his second Presidential Address that the university will partner with Aurora Health Care in constructing its state-of-the-art Athletic Performance Research Center. The center will serve as a national destination for scientific research in human performance.

"This signature project represents a truly extraordinary opportunity to transform our region, and we couldn't be more excited to partner with Aurora Health Care," Lovell said. "This center will become a unique destination and national model that spurs innovative research and significantly advances our missions."

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.

"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," said Nick Turkal, MD, CEO of Aurora Health Care. "We are looking forward to providing unprecedented research and training opportunities at this world-class facility, which will help serve as a catalyst in further revitalizing Milwaukee's downtown region and be a driver for long-term positive change."

Lovell and Turkal have prioritized growing scientific research for their institutions, and the facility will function as a central hub for research evolving in emerging fields, including exercise physiology, athletic training, biomedical engineering, and fields involving nutrition and rehabilitation.

As announced last year at Lovell's first Presidential Address, the Milwaukee Bucks will also play a key role in the center, which will support elite intercollegiate and professional athletics, academic research and campus health and wellness initiatives.

Groundbreaking is planned for 2017, with the goal of opening the facility near the time the Milwaukee Bucks open their multi-purpose arena and sports and entertainment district.

Today's announcement further builds on the long and collaborative relationship between Marquette University and Aurora Health Care – specifically with Aurora Sinai Medical Center. The two entities have been neighbors for more than a century, and Aurora has provided student training opportunities for decades. Over the last year, Aurora Health Care and Marquette University have been working side-by-side as two of the anchor institutions of the Near West Side Partners initiative, aimed at helping to revitalize and sustain this area of Milwaukee as a thriving business and residential corridor.

About Marquette University:

Marquette University is a Catholic and Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee educating nearly 12,000 students from every state and more than 65 countries. Consistently ranked among the nation's top 100 universities in U.S. News & World Report, the university offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. A Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking them to think critically about it. Along the way, we ask one thing of every student: Be The Difference.

About Aurora Health Care:

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

Contact at Aurora Health Care is Tami Kou, (414) 299-1860 or