TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The University of Arizona's college of pharmacy has received millions of dollars toward a renovation. It's all part of a 31.5 million dollar plan to expand the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center.
The college has received $10 million commitments from the ALSAM Foundation, and the University of Arizona, and lead donors have given more than $2 million. The commitments are contingent upon the UA fundraising the remaining $9.5 million by December (for a total of $31.5 million). The funding will allow the college to expand 31,500 square feet.
The project, officials say, will allow more cutting-edge research, drug-discovery, training of pharmacists and education. In addition, the renovation and expansion will allow the school to accept the highest caliber students and educate them in state-of-the-art workspaces. It also ensures that we will continue to have a greater impact on the health of people and populations around the world.
If the funding goal is met, construction is expected to take 24-30 months and the target open date for the building is 2020. The college plans on partnering with local organizations to raise all the money.