College of Pharmacy

Avedisian Hall, 7 Greenhouse Road Kingston, RI 02881

pharmcol@etal.uri.eduOffice: 401.874.2761 Fax: 401.874.2181

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Paramaz Avedisian ’54 Hall

Completed in 2012 the College of Pharmacy’s $75 million, five-story, 144,000 square-foot building is the largest academic building on the Kingston campus.


Building Overview


  • Interdisciplinary Health Delivery Simulation Laboratory with three private patient rooms, a three-bed ward, nurses station, and debriefing conference room.
  • Advanced Cisco telepresence video conference technology in all classrooms and three conference areas.
  • 7,000 sqft current Good Manufacturing Practice Facility (cGMP) that will open later in the fall, where best practices in cGMP technique and documentation can be taught to company employees and students and where the college can partner with biomedical companies on the development and manufacture of human use pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
  • A CVS Caremark model pharmacy to be outfitted like a CVS pharmacy and used for teaching and to film educational videos.
  • 3D visualization auditorium, a 12-seat, 3D animation production lab, and a 3D printer room so students can animate, visualize then print 3D models to help them understand complex biomedical structures and interactions.
  • Compounding Lab where students learn the art of pharmaceutical compounding to prepare personalized medications for patients.
  • The extensive outdoor medicinal garden contains plants that help prevent or cure everything from cold sores to cancer. The garden functions as an educational display of medicinal plants herbs and spices and also as a conservatory source of standard specimens.
  • The building accommodates as many as 820 students, a 50 percent increase from 2006 when the $65 million bond was approved.  The college’s previous home, the 66,000-square-foot Fogarty Hall, was opened in 1964 and was designed for 235 students.
  • Designed by Payette architects of Boston, Paramaz Avedisian ’54 Hall is expected to earn a “Silver” rating in the U.S Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system. With advanced green technologies to minimize energy and water consumption, it is a sustainability model for science buildings nationwide.

URI celebrates opening of new pharmacy courtyard, Youngken Medicinal Plant Garden

The University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts celebrated the grand opening of the new Pharmacy Courtyard and Heber W. Youngken Jr. Medicinal Plant Garden, a beautiful public and scientific space built just steps from the college’s new $75 million home.

Under Construction: A Peek Inside the New Pharmacy Building

Under Construction: A Peek Inside the New Pharmacy Building Since the start of the new building construction project, everyone has been able to view the construction work from the outside through our web cameras, and we have received lots of great feedback on them. Now with much of the work taking place on the inside, […]

URI cheers completion of steelwork on new home for pharmacy

Topping out ceremony celebrates milestone for $75 million project KINGSTON, R.I. – November 10, 2010 – Another major piece of the University of Rhode Island’s health and life sciences district came closer to reality today as the last steel beam was lifted into place atop the $75 million home of the College of Pharmacy. State […]

URI to launch $75 million pharmacy building project Oct. 5

URI to launch $75 million pharmacy building project Oct. 5

NEWS ADVISORY WHO: Donald L. Carcieri, governor of Rhode Island, Dr. David M. Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island, Ronald P. Jordan, dean of URI’s College of Pharmacy and Thomas M. Ryan, chairman, president and chief executive officer of CVS/Caremark, as well as federal and state officials, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, URI […]

CVS Caremark Donates $2 million to URI College of Pharmacy

Gifts support new building campaign, research KINGSTON, R.I. – September 1, 2009 – CVS Caremark Corp. has made a $2 million pledge to the University of Rhode Island in support of its College of Pharmacy. The donation, the largest single corporate gift in the 52-year-history of the College of Pharmacy, is part of the $100 […]

Rhode Island casts overwhelming yes vote for new College of Pharmacy Building

KINGSTON, R.I. — November 9, 2006 — Thirty-eight of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns approved the higher education bond issue that will provide $65 million for a new College of Pharmacy building at the University of Rhode Island. Election-day approval of the $72.8 million Question 4 bond referendum will also provide $7.8 million to […]

Question 4 endorsed by key business and community organizations

Question 4 — a bond referendum that will provide $65 million for a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island and $7.79 million for building renovations and site improvements at Rhode Island College—has earned endorsements from key Rhode Island business and community leaders.

URI to transform Kingston Campus north district into health, life sciences hub

KINGSTON, R.I. — September 14, 2005 — University of Rhode Island officials gave an overview to members of the state’s leading media outlets last week of their plans to transform the north district of the Kingston Campus into a hub for health science, research and technology. During the second annual Back to School Media luncheon […]

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