National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Alabama

Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics

Tuskegee, AL

Client: Tuskegee University

Project value: $19M

Completion date: May 2005


During World War II, the United States government conducted experiments at Tuskegee University to study the effects of treated and untreated sexually transmitted diseases.  The experiments went on for years and the local people used in the experiments suffered greatly.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set aside funds to establish a center at Tuskegee University to bring unsafe research practices to the forefront.  The National Center for Bioethics was established and the John Andrews Student Health Center and Classroom Complex was chosen for renovation and restoration.  The complex was the original site of the local hospital, which served the community for 77 years before closing in 1987.


H. J. Russell & Company provided construction management at-risk services for the complex, which was completed in five phases.  The end uses are museum space, archives space, classrooms, offices, a student health care facility, and the National Center for Bioethics.  All related infrastructure and site work for 15 acres (including three parking areas) was included.