Pharmacy College to Construct $40 Million Student Center

June 26, 2015
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy is out with the old and in with the new.

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy is out with the old and in with the new.

After demolishing its Whelpley Hall building, the Missouri-based pharmacy school will begin constructing a $40 million, 7-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility.

The 190,000-square-foot building is expected to house a dining hall, kitchen, reception area, and competition gymnasium on its first floor. The second floor will feature meeting rooms and an intramural gymnasium, while the third floor will showcase a 3-lane indoor track. A student center with support offices will comprise the fourth floor, and the remaining floors will house residence halls with 220 beds.

This expansion will nearly double the on-campus housing space for pharmacy students, according to the college.

“This is the second phase of our transformational campus construction project at St. Louis College of Pharmacy,” college president John A. Pieper, PharmD, said in a school press release. “This new building and our soon-to-open academic and research building and library will provide resources to help prepare our student pharmacists for their changing role in the health care system, and transform the college into a global leader in health care and pharmacy education.”

Donor contributions and a bond issue will be used to finance the construction, which is expected to be completed by December 2016.

A video on the college’s website will show construction on the property in real-time.