Construction Updates

Decision (6/18/2020)

Construction will start May 2021. Site work and utilities will hopefully begin earlier in the spring so that building construction can commence on or about May 1. Groups that need to be relocated for the duration of the project will move in the spring before construction begins. A timeline for the transition is under development and details will be shared as the moves approach.

New Start Update (5/8/2020)

A final decision about when to re-start construction has not yet been made; however, we do know that we cannot begin until January 2021 at the earliest. Some units may begin moving to temporary locations sooner than January so that construction can start on time. Leadership will be meeting again mid-June to determine the status of the project. We will continue to post updates here.

Delay Update (4/2/2020)

With timeline considerations and financial implications in mind, it was determined that it is best not to split the construction project and to delay it in its entirety. The provost has solicited feedback from key stakeholders about a potential new start date - August/September 2020, January, 2021, or May 2021. We hope to come to a decision soon.

Delay (3/20/2020)

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the library renovation slated to begin June 1 will be delayed until further notice. We are unable to use the 7th and 8th floors of the old Children’s Hospital for temporary relocations as these spaces will be used for overflow COVID-19 patient units. We are unsure how long the units will be in use for this purpose and we have no alternative space on campus to house dislocated groups. We know this is disappointing as we were all looking forward to getting work started. We are currently exploring options to determine whether it is feasible to move forward with the BSB classroom renovations as well as the construction of the new College of Pharmacy building and just delay the Colbert Library renovations. As soon as we have additional information, we will share it.

Project Description 

The project has 3 components:

  1. A two-story addition will be constructed along the south side of the Basic Science Building (facing the horseshoe) to create a new College of Pharmacy.
  2. Interior renovations to the Basic Science Building
    BSB 100, 202, 302, 402, 502 - auditorium and classrooms
    BSB 103 - archives space
  3. Interior renovations to the Colbert Education Center and Library
    Relocation of sim center from College of Nursing to Library
    Revamp of student lounge and study spaces


The project is tentatively scheduled to begin June 1, 2020, and is projected to last approximately 12 months.

Library occupants as well as some offices in the Basic Science Building that face the horseshoe must be vacated. We are projecting that these occupants will move in April and May. More information will be shared once the timeline has been solidified. 

Temporary Office Locations

Below is a summary of where you will be able to find support services during construction:

  • Library computer lab: 6th floor, Children's Hospital
  • Library offices: 7th floor, Children's Hospital
  • Library study rooms and open study space: 7th floor, Children's Hospital
  • CCET: 7th floor, Children's Hospital
  • College of Medicine student study space: 8th floor, Children's Hospital
  • Center for Academic Excellence: 8th floor, Children's Hospital
  • Diversity & Inclusion: 8th floor, Children's Hospital
  • Innovation Station: 1st floor, 135 Cannon 

New Classroom Furniture

Samples of classroom furniture have been installed in the back of the BSB 202 classroom. Please stop by, test it out, and email your feedback to