Construction to Transform Campus for STLCOP Community
Published on 01 December 2013
Over the next two years, the College will be undergoing an exciting physical transformation to better meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.
The plan is to maximize land use on the east end of campus, replace Whelpley Hall and the Cartwright Student Center with two new buildings, create entry gateways to the campus, and increase campus green space.
The campus master planning process began in February 2012, and the master plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees in March 2013. Cannon Design was charged with the design of the project, and Paric was chosen as construction manager.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014 and will include a new, six-story, 213,000-square-foot academic and research building and library in Phase 1. The new building will house the new School of Pharmacy and the four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. The building will also include a 400-seat auditorium, several large classrooms, teaching labs, study space, and faculty offices. The library will move to the new building and more than triple in size. Finally, the new facility will greatly expand research labs and enable faculty and students to confront the most challenging questions in science, pharmacy, and health care. This building will be located east of and in place of the current Cartwright Student Center.
The new facility will support the College’s vision of being globally prominent in health care education, interprofessional patient-centered care, and collaborative research. The striking design will provide STLCOP with a highly visible presence in this world-class biomedical research and patient care area.
After Phase 1 is completed, Phase 2 is scheduled to include residential life, dining, a student center, recreation center, and gymnasium spaces.
This new construction is critical in meeting the College’s programmatic needs. With the beginning of the seven-year program, student growth will increase to 1,650 students by 2016. This is an 80 percent increase in student population in two decades. This growth subsequently will require an 80 percent increase in space needs at the College.
“These new buildings will help the College attract and retain the best and brightest students, expand teaching and research opportunities for faculty, and create a welcoming environment for everyone living and working on or visiting campus,” says College President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D.