In 2012, OPN Architects was hired to design a renovation and new $65 million facility to house the College of Pharmacy on the University of Iowa’s campus. The new state-of-the-art building, designed by OPN in collaboration with SLAM, includes a remodel of portions of the existing 1996 south tower and the demolition of the 1961 building.
The current Pharmacy Building suffers from a lack of presence, or an awareness of the purpose of the building. The exterior expression of the new College of Pharmacy Building is a reflection of the college’s role within the Health Sciences curriculum at the University of Iowa and the academic and research programs housed within. The positioning of the building on the site of the current Quad Residence hall is contextual to the surrounding architecture and campus pathways. Strategic placement of glass and the location of key programmatic spaces within the building will offer a glimpse into the internal workings of the building and its occupants. The result will connect the College of Pharmacy to its Health Sciences peers on campus, and showcase the wonderful impact the College has in education and research.
The building form is a juxtaposition of a six-story academic/research tower and a three-story sculptural object that houses the large educational spaces, and a multi-functional commons area.