The inauguration of the new UI College of Pharmacy building is scheduled for October 15

The University of Iowa will hold a ceremony on Friday, October 15 to inaugurate the new College of Pharmacy building.

The College of Pharmacy Building opened to students at the start of the spring 2020 semester. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the groundbreaking ceremony has been delayed until an in-person event is cleared.

Some of the many features of the new building include:

  • Twenty-three learning spaces, including classrooms, lecture halls and conference and seminar rooms, 10 more than in the old building;
  • Sixteen research spaces in the science laboratory, five more than in the old building;
  • The Pharmacy Practice Learning Center, which includes a hospital pharmacy simulation and a community pharmacy simulation;
  • A 128-seat team-learning conference room with three 220-inch projection screens and space for students to collaborate as a team; and
  • University community rooms (known as PODS) for students who study and meet.

The lower level of the building will house the sterile products division of UI Pharmaceuticals; it will include two production lines for the manufacture of injectables, support temperature-controlled warehousing and provide office space for 20 employees. This expansion of UI Pharmaceuticals (UIP) production facilities will five-fold the capacity of sterile products and allow UIP to attract and retain new customers throughout the drug development phases.

The building also incorporates a variety of strategies to promote universal design, a concept that recognizes and attempts to accommodate the widest possible range of human abilities. Some of these features include hearing loops built into some of the spaces that will stream directly to a person’s hearing aid, height-adjustable work surfaces, wide tracks and doors, and contrasting color combinations.

WHEN: The dedication will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday October 15 and will include remarks from:

  • Barbara Wilson, President of the IU
  • Donald Letendre, Dean of the College of Pharmacy
  • Sheila Baldwin, Vice President, UI Center for Advancement
  • Milagro Michels-Cordao, doctoral student in pharmacy

OR: 180 S. Grand Ave., Iowa City

CONTEXT: The 296,000 square foot facility opened in January 2020. It nearly doubled the size of the old building by 150,000 square feet. As part of the project, financed by state appropriations combined with contributions and investments from the IU and the College of Pharmacy, parts of the existing 1996 south tower will be renovated and used for research and offices.

The building provides optimal spaces for advancing pharmaceutical sciences and educating future pharmacists, and will ultimately have an impact on healthcare in Iowa and around the world.

The north wing of the old building has been named the Health Sciences Wing and will undergo minor renovations to create offices for the occupants of the College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Health public currently housed at Westlawn. The Registrar’s Office will also use existing classrooms as centrally-programmed university classrooms.

The sixth floor of the building will remain unfinished for the moment, reserved for future growth.

FOR THE MEDIA: Media wishing to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony should contact Anne Bassett, Director of Media Relations, in advance at [email protected]

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