Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy will hold a dedication ceremony Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. for its new Pharmacy South addition, built adjacent to the Robert C. Wilson Pharmacy Building.
The $44 million, 93,288-square-foot facility, which has biodiesel generators, is the first building on campus to be registered for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification, the national benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
In addition, its high-tech research labs utilize a chemical fume hood control system that is integrated with the building’s heating and air conditioning system to minimize energy consumption.
Pharmacy South features state-of-the art classrooms and teaching labs, complete with video recording and distance learning capabilities and sensor-driven lighting for efficiency and programmed control. The addition also includes the Kroger Learning Center with its wireless Internet computer stations, small-group seating areas and technology support center, plus a complete Community Pharmacy Care Center and Skills Lab as well as a Hospital Pharmacy Care Center.
In addition to the two 194-seat auditoria, there are three 30-seat classrooms, one 15-seat seminar room and seven small discussion rooms, all allowing for an increase in class size of 50-75 students each year. Other highlights include a student affairs office suite, two student lounges, two large open research labs and an executive conference room.
Groundbreaking for Pharmacy South was held in November 2007. Faculty and staff moved into the addition in July, and last month 138 incoming Doctor of Pharmacy students were the first to begin their four-year academic careers in the new facility.
For more information on the College of Pharmacy, see http://www.rx.uga.edu/.