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Groundbreaking begins new era for College of Pharmacy

Image with caption: An artist's rendering of the new building.
An artist's rendering of the new building.
A groundbreaking Thursday at UNMC marks a new era of pharmacy education and research, thanks to the upcoming construction of the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery.

It's the latest in a series of unprecedented projects at the medical center, following the groundbreaking of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the grand opening of the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute.

"Very few academic medical centers across the country have this quality of cutting-edge infrastructure dedicated to pharmacy education and research," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "With the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery, UNMC once again puts itself in elite company."

Groundbreaking

  • What: Groundbreaking of the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education and Center for Drug Discovery
  • When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday
  • Where: Scott Student Plaza

The new building gives UNMC's pharmacy students every advantage heading into today's changing health care landscape, and UNMC's esteemed research corps every tool available in order to uncover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

Research activities conducted in the Center for Drug Discovery will be especially focused on infectious diseases, making UNMC a national leader in the field.

"No other academic medical center in the U.S. has a drug discovery program with a similar focus," Dr. Maurer said.

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"This is a unique opportunity to imagine and improve the future of human health."

Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D.

UNMC's College of Pharmacy is already recognized as one of the outstanding institutions for pharmacy education and research, with graduates that influence health care in communities across Nebraska and the U.S.

But the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education's patient care simulation and instructional space will emphasize the increasing role of pharmacists in providing primary health care by incorporating a contemporary model pharmacy, a sterile compounding room and practice areas for patient assessment and point of care testing. Student interaction and study areas will be designed to optimize collaborative learning.

Said Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy: "This is a unique opportunity to imagine and improve the future of human health."

The $35 million project will completely replace and expand the college's education space and increase its research capacity by constructing a new, 85,000-square foot facility on the UNMC campus. Construction will begin in February 2014, with projected completion set for July 2015.

The facility will be built east of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education along Emile Street.

Major gifts from Ruth and Bill Scott and The Lozier Foundation were the driving force behind the project, which will be paid for by private donations with no state funds used.

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Fast facts

Some fast facts on the new building:
  • Home to: UNMC College of Pharmacy.
  • Location: East of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education along Emile Street.
  • Cost: $35 million in private donations with no state funds used.
  • Size: 85,000 square feet.
  • Construction: Expected to begin February 2014, expected completion in July 2015, to open during the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the College of Pharmacy.
  • Design: According to the University of Nebraska Sustainable Design Policy with the intent of achieving LEED certification.
  • Education: Will completely replace and expand the now outdated education space of the current College of Pharmacy; equipped with advanced technology needed in the 21st century; emphasis on the increased role of pharmacists in providing primary care.
  • Research: Laboratory and research space for drug discovery and development, drug delivery and clinical and translational research; emphasis on infectious diseases.