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789 South Limestone Open for Business

Published 01-26-2010 2:11 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

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I always love a good UK HealthCare bragging opportunity and yesterday I was once again proud to be a part of our academic medical center. Over the past 10 years we have watched Ken Roberts, Dean Emeritus, of the UK College of Pharmacy pave the way to create a new facility that would provide the opportunity to educate more students and to improve the academic and research environment for faculty and staff. As you can see from the pictures below the path has been paved and the new UK College of Pharmacy, located at 789 South Limestone, is open for business.  http://pharmacy.mc.uky.edu/  

In 2000, the Medical Center approved the plan for the new College of Pharmacy. In 2005 and 2006 this project became the number one research and academic building priority during the legislative session and was funded by the Kentucky General Assembly. Then the construction started... On April 13, 2007, the new facility celebrated their groundbreaking, and one year later reached the highest peak during construction, which you may remember as the "topping out" ceremony.  Yesterday, January 25, 2010, over 1,000 people showed up to dedicate the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.  Here we are now, 10 years later, watching what was once a vision come to a realization.

It wasn't just a day for the UK campus community, but a day for the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Future pharmacists that practice in Kentucky will have a significant economic impact ranging from new start up companies, to new therapies and discoveries.  As Governor Steve Beshear and UK President Todd both mentioned in their remarks, Kentucky is home to the 5th ranked College of Pharmacy, which is the largest academic research building in Kentucky and among the largest in the U.S.

As I was looking around, or rather up, at the 5-story atrium lined with pharmacy students in their white coats I was reminded that we are the academic medical center campus of the future. The University and UK HealthCare continues to pave the way as Dr. Michael Karpf says, "for unprecedented opportunities for the citizens of the Commonwealth with new state-of-the-art research, education and patient care facilities."

Building Features:

  • 2 Auditoriums
  • 54- Seat Classroom
  • Apothecary Café
  • 8 Group Learning Rooms
  • Student Organization Workspaces
  • Student Locker Area
  • Cell Culture Rooms
  • Imaging/Microscopy Rooms
  • Cold Rooms
  • Darkroom
  • Videoconferencing Classroom
  • Patient Care Laboratory

Local Press Coverage:  http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/story/1110892.html  

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Pharmacy Students in their white coats lined the five floors of the atrium 

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The new College of Pharmacy five story atrium 

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UK President Todd giving his opening remarks 

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Remarks given by Governor Steve Beshear 

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Remarks given by UK Provost Kumble Subbaswamy 

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Remarks given by Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Karpf
 

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The Cutting of the Ribbon 


 

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