The College Breaks Ground on New Building

Published on 30 April 2014

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is writing a new chapter in its 150-year history.

The College broke ground on its new academic and research building and library on April 25, ushering in a new era for the College, which is celebrating 150 years since its founding. The new six-story, 213,000-square-foot building will house the School of Pharmacy and will include a large auditorium, several large classrooms, smaller classrooms, study areas, and 30,000 square feet of research space. The library will more than triple in size and there will also be a welcome center for prospective students and their families. The new building will ensure that the College will continue to be a global leader in pharmacy and healthcare education.

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, board of trustees members, community leaders, and lawmakers watched as community and College dignitaries led by President John A. Pieper dug their silver spades, engraved with the College’s watermark, into the soil at the head of the new building construction site. A roar erupted from the crowd as the dignitaries dropped the soft dirt from their spades and began to shake hands and congratulate Dr. Pieper.

Prior to the groundbreaking, a short ceremony was held. Dr. Pieper introduced several dignitaries in attendance, including Jason Kander, secretary of the state of Missouri; Kim Gardner, Missouri State Representative for the 77th District, including the Central West End neighborhood; Joe Roddy, alderman for the 17th Ward of St. Louis, which includes the STLCOP campus; and Jane Arnold, chair of the College's Board of Trustees.

Kander praised STLCOP for hiring Missouri-based companies to carry out the new building project. Both construction company Paric and architectural firm Cannon Design are based in St. Louis. Roddy spoke about the College’s importance to the Central West End medical community, the city of St. Louis, and the entire Midwest. Gardner praised STLCOP for its diversity, and said the College’s new building will only increase diversity and opportunities for minority students on campus. Dr. Pieper focused on the positive impact the new building will have on all current and future STLCOP students.

“We are doing this for the remarkable students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy,” Dr. Pieper said. “They’re here every day preparing to make a positive impact on the health of their future patients. They are a talented group of young men and women.”

Also involved in the groundbreaking were Greg Sneed, fifth-year student and president of the Student Body Union, and Don Hagen, chair of the College’s capital campaign steering committee.

The new building has a projected completion date of May 2015.

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