The Biomedical Health Sciences Facility at University of Georgia College of Pharmacy supports the University's desire to expand its enrollment by 60 percent in response to the growing need for pharmacists in the Southeast region and across the U.S. The 93,000-sf, four-story building is linked to the existing facility and provides state-of-the-art lab and instructional space with distance-learning capability as well as innovative space for collaborative drug discovery research.
The College of Pharmacy strives to offer its students a holistic view of the profession. The new facility offered them a unique opportunity to devise innovative instructional spaces and revise their curriculum to enhance their mission. More than half of the new facility is devoted to teaching spaces, including classrooms, collaborative lecture halls, a student learning center, and an innovative, flexible pharmaceutical care center (skills teaching lab). The teaching spaces in the building are designed to accommodate multiple activities within a single suite, simulating actual work flow. This also gave the College the opportunity to increase team teaching and small group instruction, which are key features of the revised curriculum. The upper floors are dedicated to biology and chemistry research labs for drug discovery.
Additional building functions include solvent/chemical storage areas, IT storage, and faculty offices. The need to undertake small-trial pharmaceutical production required that the glass washer and sterilizer have a pure water feature. Bench-top mass spectrophotometers are located in the shared the equipment room. Cold rooms provide storage and research space.
The project is registered for LEED Silver certification.