BOSTON-Tufts University opened the Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences, a 180,000-sf facility, located in the heart of the city at the corners of Harrison and Kneeland Streets and near Oak Street.

The building is nine stories high on one side and five on the other, in order to blend in with the abutting row houses, Randi Konikoff-Beranbaum, a spokesperson for the university tells She points out that the center is the only one like it in the world, noting that it is the center’s belief that a strong nutrition focus combined with medical research “is the essence of understanding the diseases we’re looking at.”

The $65-million project, which took about two years to build, is the cornerstone of the university’s expansion of its Health Sciences campus. According to a release the campus will ultimately involve over 650,000 sf.

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