IOWA CITY, Iowa -- After several hurdles and hiccups including a massive flood, tight budgets and state funding cuts, construction on the University of Iowa’s new pharmacy building officially is underway.

A crowd of more than 100 — including students clad in white coats and legislative dignitaries — gathered Thursday for an official groundbreaking of the long-awaited $96.3 million project that will replace the 55-year-old pharmacy facilities which sits just east of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

“For 150 years, this institution has been delivering world class research, teaching, and pharmacists out to our state, and it’s remarkable and it’s a point of excellence,” UI President Bruce Harreld said during the ceremony, at which he recognized the lawmakers, donors, faculty, administration, staff, and students who worked together for years to see the project realized.

“We can’t do everything, but what we touch needs to be world class,” Harreld said. “And it’s thanks to your efforts that we’re there in pharmacy.”

The university’s College of Pharmacy is ranked No. 17 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. The new pharmacy building will go up near the old on the former site of Quadrangle Hall, which was demolished over the summer. Most of the existing pharmacy facilities, which were built in 1961, will come down — although the south tower, erected in 1996, will remain.

 

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Cedar Rapids Gazette