New Construction at St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Published on 24 June 2015

St. Louis College of Pharmacy continues to improve the educational landscape of St. Louis by announcing plans for a seven-story student center, residence hall and recreation facility on the northeast corner of campus.  

“This is the second phase of our transformational campus construction project at St. Louis College of Pharmacy,” says College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D. “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.”

As it is currently planned, the first floor of the new 190,000-square-foot building will consist of a large dining hall and kitchen, reception area, and a competition gymnasium. The second floor will have additional seating for the dining hall, meeting rooms, and an intramural gymnasium. A recreation center with a 200-meter, three-lane indoor track will be the main feature on the third floor. The student center, including a success center and student support offices, will be on the fourth floor. The College’s second residence hall with room for 220 beds will be on the fifth through seventh floors, nearly doubling the College’s on-campus housing space. 

The College chose Forum Studio, a St. Louis-based company, as its architectural firm. PARIC Corporation will serve as general contractor.

Demolition of Whelpley Hall will begin shortly to make way for the new building. The College plans to fund this second phase in a similar way to Phase I—through donor contributions and a bond issue.

“Through our campus master planning process, we’ve committed to build for the future to provide outstanding facilities for the campus community,” Pieper says. “We remain on firm financial footing thanks to our careful planning and the generosity of our alumni and donors.”

When complete, the College will have added more than 400,000-square-feet of usable space on the eight-acre campus. A camera is streaming images of the College’s ongoing construction at

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