LINCOLN — The NU Board of Regents on Friday gave the go-ahead for construction of a $35 million College of Pharmacy and Center for Drug Discovery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Construction would begin in February 2014, with completion anticipated by July 2015.
It will be financed through private donations.
At 85,000 square feet, the new building will be 30 percent larger than the existing pharmacy building, a 1970s structure that hasn't been renovated in more than 20 years.
Harold Maurer, chancellor of the NU Medical Center, said the new building will enhance the already strong reputation of the College of Pharmacy, which is ranked among the top 25 percent of comparable pharmacy schools in the country.
“This state-of-the-art facility will allow our medical center to take yet another step toward achieving world-class status,” Maurer said.
In the new building, pharmacy students will be able to practice drug compounding and patient assessment in a model pharmacy and a sterile compounding room. Researchers will have 15 laboratory assignment modules where they can pursue the development of new drugs, particularly those combating infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV. Pharmacy Dean Courtney Fletcher said the new building will open during the 100th anniversary of the College of Pharmacy's founding.
The regents unanimously approved the program statement and budget for the proposed building, as developed by the med center's facilities management and planning staff with assistance from the Clark Enersen Partners, RDG Planning & Design and HDR Architecture Inc.
In other action Friday, the regents approved the establishment of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, an interdisciplinary research center planned for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. It also authorized a master's and doctoral program in biomedical informatics to be jointly operated by the medical center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
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