A Campus Transformed

Published on 04 May 2017

Nearly three years ago, St. Louis College of Pharmacy broke ground on the Academic and Research Building and marked the beginning of a project that would transform the face of the College. Today, that transformation is nearly complete, and the new Recreation and Student Center will soon be open.

The completion of the Recreation and Student Center (RAS) brings a long-held vision of campus to fruition. The two-phase construction project, which has added more than 400,000 square feet of space to campus, demonstrates a renewed commitment to provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow.

“Through our campus master planning process, we have committed to building for the future and continuing to provide outstanding facilities for the campus community,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College. “In addition to creating opportunities for students, these buildings will open our campus to the acclaimed biomedical community in which we are located.”

Construction of the Academic and Research Building (ARB) created state-of-the-art academic space for students and faculty. With the completion of the 193,000-square-foot RAS coming this spring, the campus community is eagerly awaiting a first look at the new spaces.

While the design and overall aesthetic of the building is similar to the ARB, the RAS, designed by St. Louis-based architecture firm Forum Studio, is distinct. “This building is certainly a sibling to the ARB, but it is not a twin,” said Amy Luchun, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal at Forum Studio. “The design of the ARB creates a focused, academic environment while the RAS is a more active environment. Through the use of open stairways, the design connects the students’ activities between floors while encouraging them to move through the space. Along the way, there are areas to relax, study and gather everywhere you look.”

The RAS will serve as a hub of student activity, and the building has been thoughtfully designed to support student life. Students will benefit from one-stop access to study space, academic and personal support resources, dining, and fitness and recreation. The building will also be home to the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs offering student-athletes a competition gymnasium and training facilities.

The RAS also brings a new living option to campus. The fifth through seventh floors will feature a new, 220-bed residence hall for first- and second-year students. The new residence hall will nearly double the amount of living space on campus.

As the finishing touches come together, students, faculty and staff look forward to moving into the RAS. The first students will move into the new residence hall in fall 2017.

This story was first published in the spring 2017 issue of Script. Visit stlcop.edu/script to read more and access previous issues.

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