St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s new $50 million student center

PARIC completed construction on the second phases of St. Louis College of Pharmacy's campus repositioning. The first phase was the construction of the college’s Academic & Research Building and the second phase was the new Recreation & Student Center.  In total, the project represents the largest expansion project in school 150-year history.

The 193,000-square-foot building, at the northwest corner of South Taylor Avenue and Parkview Place on the school’s Central West End campus, ends a two-phase construction project that added over 400,000 square feet to the campus. The pharmacy college opened its $54 million, 213,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building, which includes classrooms, research labs, and a library, in August 2015

The college’s fall semester classes began Monday. The new center was completed this spring. “Through our campus master planning process, we were committed to building for the future and continuing to provide outstanding facilities designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow,” John Pieper, president of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, said Tuesday in a statement. “Together, the Academic and Research Building and the Recreation and Student Center reflect this commitment, and we look forward to seeing how these buildings open our campus to the acclaimed biomedical community in which we are located.”

St. Louis-based architecture firm Forum Studio designed the new Recreation and Student Center, and PARIC Corp. managed its construction. The seven-story structure was built to LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) standards, set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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