Auburn University home to new pharmaceutical building

U.S. News and World Report ranks The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University as one of the top 25 pharmacy schools in the country, and their new pharmaceutical building matches their ranking.

The 37,000 square foot building took 16 months and $16.6 million to complete, but it is expected to take the program to a new level.

“This building is just phenomenal, its going to allow Auburn to really serve on the cutting edge of research and is going to allow us to break new grounds in a way that we’ve never done before,” said Richard Hansen, School of Pharmacy Dean.

A key part in the construction of the building was the open concept layout. The building houses large laboratory spaces that facilitate communication and collaboration between students and faculty members.

“It allows for the students to have dynamic interaction with each other. That allows for free flow of personnel and information so the students will have the opportunity, even if they’re working on different projects with different faculty members and different investigators, to have a free exchange of ideas among themselves,” said Tim Moore, head of the Drug Discovery and Development Department.

“Its a nice open space for conducting laboratory activity. Before, I guess we had more of a cramped environment, and now we have plenty of places to walk around, plenty of sunlight so it doesn’t feel like we’re in a bunker or in a dungeon doing lab work all the time,” said Matthew Eggert, graduate student.

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