Media Contact: Ann Blackford
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2010) − After two and half
years of construction, 225,000 bricks, 7,300 cubic yards of concrete,
and 675 tons of reinforcing steel, the new University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
building is complete. Faculty, staff and students will participate in a
formal dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.
Special guests speaking at the ceremony will include Kentucky Gov.
Steve Beshear, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry, UK President Lee T. Todd,
Jr., Provost Kumble Subbaswamy and Board of Trustees Chair Mira Ball.
Many state legislators, Fayette-Urban County council members and
university administrators will join in the celebration for the new $134
million state-of-the-art academic and research building.
"The opening of our new College of Pharmacy is certainly a special
and exciting moment for our students, faculty, and staff," Todd said.
"It also is an important moment for the entire Commonwealth. I thank
our elected officials and our donors who provided the resources to make
this moment possible."
Gov. Beshear says Kentucky's investment will yield dividends for the Commonwealth.
"The UK College of Pharmacy's impact will be felt in every community
and county in the Commonwealth," he said. "As the latest addition to
UK's medical campus of the future, it will be a major catalyst for
improving healthcare and spurring economic development in Kentucky.
These are the kinds of investments that our state must continue to make
Located at 789 South Limestone, the 286,000 square-foot facility has
been under construction since 2007. It will be the largest academic
building in Kentucky and among the biggest in the nation. It includes a
five-story atrium, two 219-seat auditoriums, a 110-seat classroom, a
54-seat classroom, a teaching laboratory with compounding laboratory
and patient assessment rooms, and nine group-learning rooms.
"The glass atrium is a magnificent feature of the building," said
Interim Dean Patrick J. McNamara. "As you stand at the base and look up
and see each floor, it accentuates how, from the professional program
to pharmaceutical research, faculty, staff and students at the college
are interconnected and strive for many of the same goals."
Laboratory research facilities have been created to foster
collaboration among researchers in chemistry, biology and
"This facility will be the flagship research center for drug
discovery and development across the state providing opportunities for
faculty across the campus and the Commonwealth to interact with our
faculty and students and access our unique research expertise and
facilities," McNamara said. .
The building also will house the Institute for Pharmaceutical
Outcomes and Policy (IPOP), a new translational research endeavor
focused on developing research, training and consultative programs in
pharmaceutical policy, pharmaceutical health outcomes, and economic
evaluation and decision analysis.
The facility is equipped with the latest in wireless technology
throughout the building and includes a video and
teleconferencing-equipped classroom allowing faculty and students on
the Lexington campus to connect with the more than 300 community-based
volunteer faculty members across the Commonwealth. is also the first
academic building constructed as part of UK’s new academic medical
campus of the future.
"The new UK College of Pharmacy building, coupled with the new UK
Albert B. Chandler Hospital set to open in 2011, is setting the
momentum for UK to offer unprecedented opportunities for the citizens
of the Commonwealth with these new state-of-the art research, education
and patient care facilities on our medical campus,” said Dr. Michael
Karpf, executive vice president for Health Affairs.
Funding for the building included $120 million from the Kentucky
state legislature with $40 million appropriated in 2004 as first-phase
funding and an additional $80 million funded in 2006. Additional
funding has come from the University and private donors.
“This new building will allow us to teach more Kentucky students who
will go on and practice their passion right here in the Commonwealth,
and it will be home to leading-edge pharmaceutical research – research
that will lead to new therapies and discoveries that will help change
Kentucky’s economy and help Kentuckians live healthier, more productive
lives,” Todd said.
The UK College of Pharmacy is ranked among the top five pharmacy
schools in the nation and students graduating from the program have
consistently had the highest first time pass-rates in the United States
on the national licensing board exam (NAPLEX). The college is an
international leader in pharmacy education, clinical care and
pharmaceutical research and currently enrolls 514 students in the
Doctor of Pharmacy program as well as 72 students in the UK
Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program (Ph.D.).