The Levine College of Health Sciences Building at Wingate University started in February 2010 as a vision, to create one of the top pharmacy school buildings in the nation.
Now, that vision is a reality, as the 69,000 square foot building is opening for students this fall amid rave reviews for the design and construction of the structure.
“Dr. Craig Boyer told me he has personally been in 110 of the 115 pharmacy schools in America, and this building is the finest he has ever seen,” Wingate University President Jerry McGee said at the ribbon cutting for the facility earlier this month. “I agree with Dr. Boyer.”
Philanthropist Leon Levine, who provided much of the funding for the Wingate building and has funded many other buildings in the Charlotte metropolitan area, was also pleased with the structure named after him.
“This is a beautiful building and we should all be proud of it,” he said at the ceremony. “I think what I am happiest about is that this building was completed on time and (under) budget. Some of our buildings haven’t been able to say that.”
The three-story building is comprised of a structural steel frame, metal stud exterior walls, and brick veneer that is accented with pre-cast bands. Its roof is a standing seam metal roof, and the inside includes two laboratories, complete with laboratory casework.
“We could not be more pleased with the Levine College of Health Sciences building,” said CM Black President Emmitt Black. “It is one of the finest buildings we have constructed in our 60-year history. It is a credit to everyone involved in the project, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Wingate University with this project.”
The building is targeted to receive Silver LEED certification. The building will house the School of Pharmacy and Physicians Assistant at Wingate, and is one of the landmark achievements in CM Black’s 60-year history.
“As we move into this LEED-certified masterpiece, this has been more of a partnership than any project I can remember engaging in,” said McGee.
The facility is the seventh building constructed at Wingate by CM Black. It is the largest structure on the Wingate campus, and only the second LEED certified building in Union County. It also is designed to meet the highest standards in teaching with three 90-seat lecture halls, two 50-seat classrooms, clinical simulations labs, decision simulation labs, a physical assessment lab, a pharmacy practice lab, an iv admixture lab, a fitness center, food service, conference rooms, and a biomedical science library and drug information center.
“We can be proud of this structure,” said Thomas Williams, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Wingate. “If this building is any indication, Wingate has the prescription for a bright future.”