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Facilities – Building Program
After two busy years of construction, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences proudly opened its new doors in January 2006. Built as the first phase of development in the master plan for future construction south of the existing School of Medicine buildings, the pharmaceutical sciences building provides the facilities and space necessary to support the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and related research.
The space consists of approximately 76,150 net assignable square feet (ASF) in several major program elements. The space types include:
- Wet research laboratory space
- Dry research laboratory space
- Shared support laboratory space, including analytical laboratories
- Faculty offices and meeting spaces
- Administrative offices
The building consists of four floors plus a basement. The ground level is home to five lecture-style classrooms, two of which seat 60 students each, and all of which are equipped with state of the art AV. In addition, one classroom features 3D projection capability, student-run and operated podcasting (exclusively for classroom use), and a capacity for teleconferencing. The ground level is also home to a clinical simulation lab with four point-of-care patient rooms, along with meeting spaces and administrative offices. The second, third and fourth floors contain laboratories, meeting spaces and faculty and staff offices, the layout of each being a mirror image of the others. The different types of research laboratories are distributed throughout the three research floors to promote the interaction of the research scientists. Upon entrance to the third floor, one becomes quickly aware that something unique exists here: the Protein Data Bank (PDB), administered by the nonprofit Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics. The PDB provides an essential library of protein and nucleic acid structures and supports research worldwide. The building's basement houses the Health Sciences Education Center, a portion of which was funded by the Skaggs family. It consists of a 260-seat auditorium with state of the art AV; three break-out rooms, each of which seats 50; and a lovely lobby and patio area. In addition to the Health Sciences Education Center, the basement also contains laboratory space which houses a NMR magnetic facility, a proteomics laboratory and a mass spec laboratory. All three laboratories are used not only by the School of Pharmacy's researchers, but also by researchers from across the UC San Diego campus and from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
The Pharmaceutical Sciences Building provides state of the art facilities for pharmaceutical research and instruction, and for interface with other universities and institutions. It includes computer intensive computational research and instructional spaces, as well as connection to the San Diego Supercomputer Center located on campus. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences proudly welcomes you.