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Pharmacy school just what the doctor (and construction industry) ordered

By Keith Barber

Another anonymous $1 million donation has brought the fund-raising efforts to more than $8 million for the proposed Concordia University of Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy School at Concordia University

Estimated at between $12 and $15 million, the institution will be the second pharmacy school in the state. The state’s first pharmacy school, built in 1883, is located in Madison and is part of the University of Wisconsin system.

Concordia’s school is presently out to bid to invited general contractors, with bids due April 20. It will be located at the south entrance to Concordia’s Mequon campus.

Designed by Mayer Helminiak Architects LLC of Mequon, the 57,000-square-foot building will feature classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories and faculty offices. The school will conduct a four-year professional pharmacy program offering a Pharm.D. Degree.

With a growing demand for registered pharmacists, the timing couldn’t be better. With the recent passage of the Health Care Bill, we may require many more in this industry.

A public groundbreaking ceremony will take place on May 14 with the school scheduled to open in 2011.

Keith Barber is a data reporter with The Daily Reporter. He was not the anonymous $1 million donor.

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