The University of Connecticut Pharmacy-Biology Building was designed by Davis, Brody Bond Architects of New York, and was constructed at a cost of $94.6 million dollars. The building location, in the center of the University Science Quadrangle, was chosen to put chemistry, engineering, pharmacy, physics, biology, and the other sciences, in close proximity to one another. A three-story glass atrium serves as the primary entrance, but the building also offers a direct connection to the Torrey Life Sciences Building.
The building houses the School of Pharmacy, and the faculty from the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB), as well as the Office for Animal Research Services. The Pharmacy-Biology Building is approximately 221,000 square feet (gross) with the School of Pharmacy’s teaching, administration and library spaces occupying approximately 64,000 square feet and the research laboratories occupying 90,000 square feet.
Construction on the building began in July 2002 as part of the UConn 2000 building projects. School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students moved into the facility during the summer of 2005. The six-story building has a north and south wing separated by an atrium. The upper floors of the south wing contain the administrative, faculty, and staff offices, as well as teaching spaces used by the School of Pharmacy. The north wing contains six floors of research laboratories shared by pharmacy and biology. A loading dock area with freight elevator access is also located in the north wing. Public gathering spaces within the building include:
This main entrance to the building is an open, three-story glass atrium between two sets of doors. The area is to the left of the elevators and is adjacent to the student lounge.
Joseph A. Morosko Student Lounge
The student lounge is located on the first floor, adjacent to the lower atrium, and directly outside the Oscar & Julia Roth, the Milton & Rose Kalmanowitz classrooms, and the Gerard A. Weitzman Student Lunch Room. Doors from the student lounge open onto the Arrow Pharmacy Terrace. The student lounge area contains display space, lockers, and seating/meeting areas for student use.
Gerard H. Weitzman Student Lunch Room
The student lunch room [PBB 130] is equipped with a sink, refrigerator, microwave, counter space, and tables and chairs. The student lunch room is located adjacent to the Joseph A. Morosko Student Lounge between the building’s two main classrooms.
Arrow Pharmacy Terrace
The Arrow Pharmacy Terrace is located on the west side the building adjacent to the student lounge area, outside of the glass doors. The flagstone terrace is covered and has benches located on the perimeter.
The upper atrium, located on the fourth floor, provides additional seating/meeting space for students.
The building has two main classrooms located on the first floor. The Oscar & Julia Roth Classroom [PBB 131] is a sloped classroom with fixed seating and a work surface that includes power and a network connection so that students can use their laptops. This high-tech classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment that allows broadcasting and viewing live seminars to/from off campus locations.
The Milton & Rose Kalmanowitz Classroom [PBB 129] is a flexible space with desks that can be reconfigured. The classroom is equipped with a moveable partition that allows the room to be divided into two separate classrooms for smaller class size instruction. The room is also used for classes that require floor space such as CPR training. High-tech equipment is located on both sides of the classroom.
The Pharmacy Practice Classroom, located on the third floor, is used for smaller classes, including graduate courses, and mid-sized meetings. The classroom contains configurable tables and individual chairs to accommodate a theater-style and u-shaped arrangements. A mounted projector and web access is provided for instructors.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dosage Forms Laboratory, is a state-of-the-art facility where pharmacy students learn the latest techniques for compounding drug preparations that can be customized for individual patient needs. It features stations for each student to prepare oral, topical, and other drug preparations; an area with seven laminar flow hoods where students practice techniques for preparing injectibles and sterile ophthalmic products; and containment rooms for tableting, coating, and emulsification equipment that provides students with an understanding of the processes used by manufacturers to prepare dosage forms on a large scale.
The CVS Pharmacist Care Center is a multipurpose laboratory facility, with videotaping and presentation technology throughout. It features networked computer workstations, small counseling rooms, and a classroom area. Pharmacy students learn drug information and patient counseling techniques. Prominent display cabinets house historical and contemporary drug product inventory. The Pharmacist Care Center is also used to teach prescription processing and the proper techniques for administration of medication.
The Harold G. Hewitt Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Laboratories are located in the north wing of the building on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors. Medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacology/toxicology research is conducted in laboratories customized for the specialized requirements of each researcher. The laboratory wing contains multiple autoclaves, numerous tissue culture facilities, state-of-the-art hooding and ventilation systems, and freeze-drying capabilities. An Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility and a Protein X-Ray Crystallography Facility are located in the basement of the building’s south wing.
The School of Pharmacy has six conference rooms. Three meeting rooms, one exclusive to pharmacy student organizations, one for the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and one for the dean, are located on the third floor of the building. Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences conference rooms are located on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of the building. In addition, an interview room is located adjacent to the reception area. The Faucette Family Terrace is accessed through the conference room on the fourth floor.
The Pharmacy Library supports the information and research needs of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the School of Pharmacy. Access to the collections and services of the Pharmacy Library is available to the university community and other library users. An Information Technology/Library and Learning Resources Committee oversees the School of Pharmacy Library.
The library seating area has individual study lamps and workstations offering network connections and power for laptops. There are four group study rooms, also equipped with data and power. These provide a meeting place for pharmacy students to work on group assignments while still having immediate access to reference materials.
The Hait Family Computer Laboratory, located inside the library, provides a venue for the pharmacy students to master professional, technological, and research skills by providing access to the internet and to specific course related software as requested.