Editor’s note: WRAL Local Tech Wire has partnered with The Salisbury Post to utilize that newspaper’s extensive coverage of the $1.5 billion North Carolina Research Campus, which formally opens its doors at the main lab and two other buildings on Monday.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — For almost the first time this year, Tom Sanctis had the weekend off. Other than one three-day break, Sanctis has worked seven days a week overseeing commercial construction at the N.C. Research Campus.

"I’m not complaining," Sanctis said last week as he prepared for vacation. "That’s the price of the ticket."

Hundreds of people have worked just as hard since billionaire Dole Food Co. owner David Murdock announced three years ago his intention to develop a life sciences complex in downtown Kannapolis.

Three buildings on the $1.5 billion, 350-acre campus officially open at 10 a.m. Monday with a dedication and open house, including the final public tours of the Core Lab.

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