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University's pharmacy building undergoing makeover

April 4, 2019
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Ferris Hagerman Pharmacy Building interior rendering
Courtesy Ferris State University

The first phase of a renovation project at a university’s pharmacy building is underway.

Ferris State University started the $5.3-million phase on the 64,820-square-foot Hagerman Pharmacy Building in Big Rapids immediately after the fall 2018 semester. Phase one of the two-phase renovation will be finished this August.

The first phase will renovate 13,881 square feet over three floors: 2,386 square feet in the basement, 9,183 square feet on the first floor and 2,312 square feet on the second floor.

Key elements of the first phase include developing an active learning classroom, a practice simulation suite, an active pharmacy suite and a patient interaction area.

Stephen Durst, Ferris College of Pharmacy dean, said the first phase is crucial to the implementation of an advanced curriculum that has been designed to promote active learning.

“The simulated environments will allow students to practice their skills in many of the settings where they would meet with patients as pharmacists,” Durst said. “Our goal is to provide our students the most authentic learning experience possible.”

Durst said there has been a conscious effort toward completing necessary construction activities, such as asbestos abatement, while keeping classes going.

Faculty, staff and students met with architects to develop the initial plan and consider options for the second phase of renovations, Durst said.

Grand Rapids-based Integrated Design Services is the architect and interior designer on the project.

Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction is the project's general contractor.

The laboratory planning consultant is Boston-based Ellenzweig.

The project is being funded through Ferris’ ongoing $115-million Now & Always capital campaign.

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