Building a new school
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is located in an ultramodern building that opened in August 2018 on Binghamton University's 15-acre Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City, N.Y. The first cohort of PharmD students enrolled in 2017 and had class on the University's main campus in Vestal until moving to the new building. The school's inaugural class of Doctor of Pharmacy students graduated in 2021.
The campus is a few minutes’ drive from both UHS Wilson Medical Center and Ascension Lourdes Hospital, and also houses the University’s Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences (which opened in Feb. 2021) and other healthcare-based organizations and high-tech businesses.
The 105,000-square-foot, four-story building includes ultramodern research labs; teaching labs; offices for faculty and staff; a lecture hall; and interactive classrooms that can be used for lectures, team-based learning and small-group work. There are compounding, pharmaceutical care and sterile labs, mock community and hospital pharmacies as well as a cutting-edge simulation lab. A medicinal garden is planned for outdoors.
Nearly two floors of the building are dedicated to research with high-tech research tools and equipment as well as high-throughput screening capability and large-data computing.
Our construction story
Faculty and staff moved into the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences building beginning Monday, July 16, 2018.
(From left to right) Sarah Lynch, clinical assistant professor and director of skills education; Erin Pauling, clinical assistant professor; Coulter Ward, then-assistant dean for student affairs; Amanda Truin, then- administrative assistant for student affairs and admissions; Kanneboyina Nagaraju, founding chair and professor of pharmaceutical sciences; Rachael Perry, assistant dean for enrollment management and student affairs; Gloria E. Meredith, founding dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and professor of pharmaceutical sciences. Seen outside the construction zone of the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Interior - View Classroom (left)
Interior - View East along Corridor 100 - Atrium Lounge to right (right)
Exterior view from the northwest parking area.
Interior view showing walls and mechanical, electrical and plumbing roughed in.
Metal framing was completed on the first and second floors and was progressing on the third floor. Duct work was underway on the first floor. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins were moving forward in the basement. Piping for domestic water, sewer and storm water was underway in the basement and on the first floor. Electrical and fire alarm rough-ins were also moving ahead. Exterior sheathing on the first and second floors was installed. Site work was on hold until the weather improved. The 105,000-square-foot, four-story building will include cutting-edge research labs, offices for faculty and staff, a lecture hall, classrooms and teaching labs. It will house 53 new faculty and staff and 360 students.
Work proceeded as planned. Concrete foundations were nearly 80 percent complete and structural steel were erected for the east half of the first and second floors. Work on Arch Street was ongoing with abatement being completed, making way for the installation of the water lines. Staff continued to work to identify building needs and equipment.
Construction at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, August 2016.
Construction at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, July 2016.
Construction site of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The building today
Interior views of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, showcasing clockwise from the left top: an interactive classroom, the atrium with its centerpiece sculpture of a caffeine molecule, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences L. Nathan Tumey with a student in his lab and Clinical Assistant Professor Sarah Lynch in the Skills Lab with the Community Pharmacy lab in the background. This $60 million facility opened in 2018.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided funding for the $60 million school in the state budget.