Some of the research on creating human organs will take place in a new, 96,000-square-foot Bioengineering Building, one of two new research buildings under construction in a former parking lot on President Street on MUSC's campus.

The other is a 114,000-square-foot Drug Discovery Building. Provost Leslie Kendall said both are expected to open in the fall of 2011.

The facilities are being built at the same time and construction will cost about $74 million combined. Money for the buildings came from the state's Research University Infrastructure Act, federal awards and private donations.

University leaders had expected both buildings to be completed this year, but they were delayed because of design revisions and the economy, Kendall said.

The new facilities will dramatically increase the university's research space, which in turn will promote scientific discovery and economic development. They also will be an asset when the university applies for competitive federal grants, school leaders said.