By Robert Gray

El Paso Inc. staff writer

The Medical Center of the Americas Foundation on Friday celebrated the opening of the high-tech Cardwell Collaborative building with a ribbon cutting and open house.

Named after businessman and community leader Jack Cardwell, the three-story, $29-million facility is located at the entrance of the Medical Center of the Americas tech park. It houses laboratories, supercomputer center and a business accelerator.

“It’s exciting to see the building completed. They did an excellent job on it, and it will be a great asset for El Paso,” said Cardwell, who made a major donation to the project. “There’s a lot of research and development potential, and we need that in El Paso.”

El Paso native Michelle Dipp, who is CEO of Ovascience, a biotech firm in Boston, was the keynote speaker. She said the facility would generate high paying jobs for the community.