CHARLESTON, S.C. (October 12, 2018) – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Board of Trustees today unanimously approved hiring an architectural firm to design new dedicated space for the College of Pharmacy, along with innovative instructional space that benefits the entire enterprise.

The approval took place during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting to review the enterprise’s progress in fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30.

The new dedicated space includes roughly 24,000 assignable square feet on two floors of the expanded Basic Science Building (BSB), which will serve as the permanent home for the College of Pharmacy. In the BSB, MUSC plans to renovate 12,909 square feet of space and add 38,348 square feet to the existing structure. Additionally, as part of this project MUSC will refurbish 42,515 square feet of the Colbert Education Center and Library building.

“Our faculty, students, staff and alumni are excited and energized about the potential new space,” said Philip Hall, PharmD, FCCP, dean and professor for the MUSC College of Pharmacy. “With the board’s approval to hire architects, we’ve taken a noteworthy step in what we know will continue to be an ongoing and very worthwhile process. We look forward to the next steps and a positive outcome.”

The new pharmacy facility gives the College of Pharmacy a new home in the heart of campus, heightening the college’s visibility and enhancing opportunities for collaboration in the enterprise. The new facility brings the offices and administration of the college up to date and into contact with the college’s teaching and research facilities in the James E. Clyburn Research Center.

“The building will serve as a reminder of our mission,” Hall said. “It will be a highly visible link between the hospital and its clinical services, the Basic Science building and its research mission, and the library as the traditional symbol of education.”

Founded in 1881, the College of Pharmacy moved into its current building in 1940. In April 2010, the college announced the Building the Future of Pharmacy fundraising campaign, which has raised $7.65 million to be used toward the new facility. The cost and timetable of the new facility is not yet determined.

All students will benefit from the complete renovation, which is designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s digitally connected and highly collaborative health care campus. The innovative instructional space will consist of flexible classrooms and learning areas for 21st century pedagogy across all six colleges, including an updated Simulation/Innovation Center and skills labs, virtual reality demonstration space, as well as space to accommodate the newly established College of Medicine Flex curriculum and accelerated programs.

“These renovations and additions align with our institution’s academic strategic drivers to optimize collaboration, innovation, and maximal efficiency and flexibility,” said Lisa K. Saladin, PT, Ph.D., executive vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost. “The board’s approval to move forward with a design concept is the first step in an extended process that will involve additional MUSC board reviews,” she noted.

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Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 750 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.6 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.