Recreation and Student Center Recognized by the American Institute of Architects

Published on 03 January 2018

St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s Recreation and Student Center (RAS) was the recent recipient of a 2017 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter.

The AIA sponsors the awards annually to celebrate excellence in the designed environment. Through a juried process, the AIA recognizes building projects in the categories of architecture, interiors, small projects, drawings, unbuilt and craftsmanship. The RAS received an Honor Award in architecture.

The grand opening of the RAS marked the end of a two-phase construction project that has added more than 400,000 square feet of space to campus. The project began with the addition of the six-story, 213,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building, which offers state-of-the-art academic space for students and faculty.

The RAS provides students with one-stop access to study space, academic and personal support resources, dining options and fitness and recreation. The $50 million, 193,000-square-foot, seven-story building also houses a competition gymnasium and training facilities, along with a 220-bed residence hall for first- and second-year students that has doubled the amount of living space on campus.

The design of the RAS was created by St. Louis-based architecture firm, Forum Studio, while construction was managed by Paric Corporation.

“We are so honored to have been recognized by the AIA St. Louis Chapter for this project,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College. “Through our campus master planning process, we were committed to building for the future and continuing to provide outstanding facilities designed to provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow. The addition of the RAS represents a very important milestone for the College.”

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