University of the Pacific


Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Stockton, California

54,000 GSF, 5,017 M2

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Lab Planning, Programming


The intent for the Long School was to support a curriculum of collaboration and clinical practice. SmithGroupJJR's design went further, establishing a focal point for student activity by creating an outdoor space and a quad to enhance the new facility’s connections to the university.

The new pharmacy building hosts a 235-seat auditorium, flexible classrooms, offices, student lounges and a café. On the second floor, practice clinics are arranged for dentistry, dental hygiene, physical therapy and speech pathology. The use of open stairways and wide corridors creates a feeling of community while simultaneously opening up space to accommodate a large student population, as the program required.

Glass and metal panels echo the material palette of nearby buildings, and similarly the exterior's upper mass continues the red-brick modernism found on other campus structures. By connecting with the outdoors and the campus at large -- and by offering flexibility with breakout classrooms featuring moveable furniture and shared work tables – the Long School has become a hub of student life.