Board of Trustees Approves Research Building

Research Building Graphic The Auburn Board of Trustees approved a new 37,000 square foot research building.

Nov. 24, 2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Auburn University Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Nov. 20 approved the construction of the first two buildings in the university’s new Health Sciences Sector, including the Pharmaceutical Research Building.

The area at the corner of Lem Morrison Drive and South Donahue Drive is being deemed as such because it will house a new Pharmaceutical Research Building for the Harrison School of Pharmacy, as well as a new building for the AU School of Nursing. Both facilities are deliberately being located near the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to bolster interdisciplinary collaborations.

“We are very excited and it is important to celebrate the Health Sciences Sector being created by Auburn University,” said HSOP Dean R. Lee Evans. “This positions the School to enhance its research capabilities within the School, within the campus, and in collaboration with VCOM.”

The new Pharmaceutical Research Building will have 37,000 square feet for pharmaceutical and interdisciplinary research labs and support space over three floors. The board previously agreed to use Infinity Architecture of Montgomery as architects. The $16.6 million cost will be covered with gifts and HSOP reserve funds.

LBYD Inc., of Birmingham will begin work in January to provide the infrastructure, including water, power, sewer and information/communication technologies, needed to support the new buildings. The $6 million project will be paid for by university general funds and is expected to be completed in August.

Research Building Plan
A look at the site plan for the new Pharmaceutical Research Building and School of Nursing Building on the corner of South Donahue and Lem Morrison Drive.
Research Building Graphic
A close-up look at the new Pharmaceutical Research Building. The total price tag fort he new facility comes to $16.6 million.


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. In 2014, the school adopted the slogan, “Making Medications Work Through Innovative Research, Education and Patient Care.” For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

Last Updated: March 28, 2017