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University of Georgia

College of Pharmacy/Biomedical Health Sciences Building

Location: Athens, GA
Project Completed: 2009
Size: 93,000 GSF
The new College of Pharmacy building will enable the University to expand its class enrollment by 60% in response to the growing need for pharmacists in the region and across the country. It houses teaching labs, faculty offices, a pharmaceutical care center, a student learning center, classrooms, an instructional skills lab, research labs, and an auditorium. The building also provides innovative space for collaborative drug discovery research.
what mattered to the client
  • to create innovative teaching spaces that support a revised curriculum and provide a holistic view of the profession
  • to provide essential skills and simulation training to help reduce medical errors
  • to showcase the students and activities within the complex
  • to acknowledge the iconic 1964 cast-in-place concrete original pharmacy building while responding to university design directive for ‘Georgian, neo-classical character’ prominent on rest of the campus
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • Delivery of instruction was reconceived by combining compounding, skills and model pharmacy into a suite of spaces serving 70 students who cycle through activities in smaller groups using a team teaching format. This has created an incredibly dynamic learning environment and increased utilization while using less area than the original spaces.
  • The Skills Laboratory has been showcased in various publications and recognized by faculty in pharmacy schools throughout the U.S.; faculty and students regard this lab as one of the finest teaching and learning areas the entire University has to offer.
  • A Pharmacy Care Center with simulated hospital and community pharmacies as well as patient bedrooms support skills training and assessment.
  • Large windows maximize vision into the teaching and research environments to showcase the work of the students.
  • The reserved contemporary façade of brick veneer, curtainwall and metal panel is compatible with both the existing pharmacy building and the Georgian architecture of the campus. A transparent bridge provides a neutral connection and transition to the original building.
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