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Event kicks off pharmacy school project Dormant building on South Campus to undergo makeover

A long-dormant building on the University at Buffalo's South Campus will get a $62 million makeover and become the new home for UB's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

UB officials held a ceremony Friday officially kicking off the construction project at the former Acheson Hall, which has been vacant since 1994.

While the shell of the Main Street building will remain, it will be completely renovated and renamed Kapoor Hall, in honor of alumnus John Kapoor, who has given nearly $11 million over the years to UB's pharmacy program. The project is expected to be finished in 2012, when the Pharmacy School -- now located on the North Campus in Amherst -- will move into the 147,000-square-foot building on Main Street.

"We have reached another defining point in our future and this space will allow us to set new standards in pharmacy education statewide and throughout the U.S." said Wayne K. Anderson, dean of the Pharmacy School. "Kapoor Hall will provide a special place where education, training and improved patient care will flourish."

It's the third major construction project to begin this year at UB.

The university broke ground in April for a new engineering building on the North Campus. In August, UB and Kaleida Health broke ground on a 10-story vascular and research center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The School of Pharmacy's move to the South Campus unites the program with UB's other health-related schools -- medicine, dental medicine, nursing and public health and health professions.

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