Beard Hall, which has housed the School of Pharmacy since the building opened in 1959, recently underwent a $6 million renovation. The renovation has improved the basement, the first floor, and many of the labs on the second and third floors. The project also made numerous additions to Beard Hall, including
- eleven conference and seminar rooms;
- a faculty conference center;
- a sixty-five seat classroom;
- a large compounding laboratory;
- a student lounge;
- two new computer labs;
- an administrative suite and office for the dean;
- forty-five faculty and staff offices;
- four research laboratories with cold rooms, autoclaves, and fume hoods;
- new HVAC, fire alarm, and sprinkler systems; and
- new computer-network wiring.
The building is named for John Grover Beard, the second dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Banks D. Kerr Hall
Dedicated in October 2002, the 65,000-square-foot Kerr Hall doubled the School’s facilities. The $18.2 million building is named for School alumnus Banks D. Kerr (pronounced “car”), the founder of the Kerr Drug store chain. It features two auditorium-size lecture halls with cutting-edge technology and 7,759 square feet of dedicated laboratory facilities. A “building inside a building” shared instrument facility houses nuclear magnetic resonance and advanced microscope equipment in a space designed to withstand ground and building vibration.
Genetic Medicine Building
In early 2005, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine broke ground on a new, 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility. The Genetic Medicine Building, completed in 2008, is located off Mason Farm Road, just east of the Environmental Protection Agency building.
Researchers in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy occupy approximately 75,000 square feet of laboratory space on the first and second floors, allowing them to work closely with their colleagues in Medicine and giving Pharmacy a strong presence in the heart of Carolina’s health sciences campus. The building is home to three of the School’s research centers: UNC Institute of Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, and the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery.
Each of the GMB’s seven floors has a footprint of about one acre. The two lower floors house vivaria, and the five above-ground floors house faculty and staff.
The labs in the GMB are shared, open labs that are typically 10,000 to 12,000 square feet and contain seating areas for lab personnel, lab bench areas, fume hood rooms, tissue culture rooms, equipment rooms and cold rooms.
The center of the building provides space for some shared equipment, microscopy rooms, dark rooms, autoclaves, limited additional freezer storage, chemical storage, and meeting rooms. A space for a small nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer is located on the first floor. The entire building is supplied with emergency power.
Marisco Hall is one of the largest buildings on the UNC Chapel Hill campus and houses basic and translational research across several disciplines. The building includes the Marsico Lung Institute, the Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and researchers from UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, nanomedicine, microbiology and immunology, and pharmacoengineering. Pharmacy researchers with labs in Marsico Hall include members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery and the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery.
The nine-story, 340,000-square-foot building features world-class imaging equipment, including a hybrid MRI/PET whole body scanner, a 7-Tesla MRI whole body scanner and a cyclotron. UNC and Massachusetts General Hospital, in affiliation with Harvard University, are currently the only two academic medical centers in the country that have these three imaging devices in one location. Together, each device optimizes the capabilities of the others, making these devices some of the most powerful diagnostic imaging tools in the world.