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.