University of Utah breaks ground on new pharmacy college building

August 12, 2009

The University of Utah College of Pharmacy, joined by friends, supporters, members of The ALSAM Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Skaggs, broke ground on a $69-million research facility to be known as the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute.

The University of Utah College of Pharmacy, joined by friends, supporters, members of the ALSAM Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Skaggs, broke ground on a $69-million research facility to be known as the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute.

The building will be the new home for the college, which is currently dispersed among six buildings across the campus. "Today marks another milestone in the rich history of the College of Pharmacy," said John W. Mauger, PhD, professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy.

The new facility will be next to and connected with the current pharmacy building, L.S. Skaggs Hall, built in 1965.

The college is nationally recognized for training pharmacy professionals and for research into new medications and drug delivery systems. It's currently ranked second among all colleges of pharmacy by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for peer-reviewed research and has been ranked among the top four pharmacy colleges in the country since 1975.

"Since its establishment in 1947, the College of Pharmacy has brought together faculty who are not only talented teachers, but also practical scientists able to translate research into care," said A. Lorris Betz, MD, PhD, University of Utah senior vice president for health sciences. 

In addition to offering increased teaching and research space, the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute will provide a new home for the Utah Poison Control Center, which, under the direction of the College of Pharmacy, answers an average of 150 calls daily as a service to the community.