Regents approve new College of Pharmacy building


The University of Michigan’s College of Pharmacy will build a new teaching and research facility to address its need to modernize and increase its physical space.

The $121 million, 130,000-square-foot building was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents. It will be built on the corner of Glen Avenue and East Huron Street.

The new building will house active learning-style classrooms, laboratories and associated support spaces, faculty and administrative offices, and student-focused areas.

Funding for the project will be provided from Office of the Provost resources, investment proceeds and College of Pharmacy resources and gifts.

The architectural firm RDG Planning and Design will design the project, which is expected to provide an average of 87 on-site construction jobs.

There will be an increased demand of approximately 30 parking spaces due to the loss of 24 spaces on the new building site.

The current College of Pharmacy building, located on Church Street, was constructed in 1960 with a major addition built in 1992. No specific use for the existing building has yet been determined.

Design is scheduled to begin immediately and the university will return with a construction schedule with approval of a schematic design.



  1. Kiela Samuels
    on May 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    As a newly elected University of Michigan College of Pharmacy Alumni Board of Governors member, I’m so excited! #goblue

  2. Carolina Rojas Ramirez
    on May 17, 2019 at 7:14 am

    It would be awesome that chemistry would take over at least half of the old building…We need space!

  3. Noah Weaverdyck
    on May 17, 2019 at 10:29 am

    This building will last for many decades, past 2050 when the entire globe must be carbon neutral [1]. That is an enormously difficult task [2], but it is absolutely imperative, as the consequences if we don’t are dire [3].

    Building heating and cooling is a massive source of U-M’s emissions. The buildings we are constructing should be paragons of 21st century sustainable design. This building has not even been designed yet, so it seems obvious that the design specs should advance the transition away from fossil fuels. However, there’s not even a mention of sustainability, let alone carbon neutrality, and the budget is already prescribed.

    What will it take for U-M to act? Is it just money? How much more do you think it will cost to gut and retrofit these buildings after they’ve been constructed, to meet the needs of the 21st century?
    Are the regents not asking these budgetary questions? Take note.

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