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The Office of University Research Parks (OURP) has responsibility for the UA Bio Park at 36th Street and Kino. The Bio Park is under construction with the initial infrastructure such as roads, water, sewer and electricity being installed. This project is the result of a $4.7 million grant the University of Arizona received from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. This first phase of construction will make the Bio Park development ready.
Plans for the Bio Park include: retail, residential (graduate student housing), laboratories and office space, hospitality and education. There are three education parcels with two reserved for future use by the University of Arizona. The third parcel is for ESTEEM (Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math) high school.
ESTEEM high school will be a regional high school serving students from around the Tucson Metro area. The high school will provide dual pathways for students. The first is career technical education to be administered by Joint Technology Education District (JTED) and an academic pathway to be administered by Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). Building on the presence of bio and health related companies, the high school will embed internships and practicums as a critical component of the educational experience for students.
The high school will be a state-of-the-art building providing the best environment to train students. However, since the facility will be expensive to build and operate, plans are also being explored to include adult education and training programs as well as special workshops or sessions for students from outside the district and continuing teacher education. The intent is to maximize the use of the building and equipment to maximize the opportunities available to everyone in the region.
Many people have volunteered their time to develop the concept for the high school as part of the Planning Committee and now on the Programming Committee. Both the JTED and TUSD Governing School Boards have embraced the high school and authorized their respective districts to continue moving forward with the project. The architectural community has graciously donated their time to participate in a design charrette to discuss the design precepts and have presented some interesting concepts on how to design an innovative STEM based high school.
There is still a lot of work that will need to be completed before the school is a reality. In 2012, a finance committee will be formed to explore options for financing the school. It is anticipated that once a financing plan is developed and agreed to that the school could be open for its first students in 24 months!
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