University of Illinois Pharmacy Compounding Simulation Lab, Chicago

Project Cost: $825,000

Size: 4,200 sf

Project Team: Bailey Edward

Description: The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy’s 1960s-era second floor pharmacy laboratory space was dated. It did not accurately reflect the environment students would work in after graduating or the University’s commitment to cutting-edge teaching and excellence in education. Designed by Chicago-based Bailey Edward, the new flexible laboratory maximizes the existing space for operational efficiency and student needs. The design features a dedicated corridor and three laboratory spaces interconnected by doors, windows, specimen pass-through interlock cabinets and simulated magnehelic gauges. The spaces can be transformed from non-sterile to sterile working environments and back through the reconfiguration or storage of equipment and furnishings, allowing students to experience real-world work conditions.

New technology was also incorporated into the design to increase the functionality of the space and improve the gathering and dissemination of information, especially for long-distance learners. For example, cameras in the hood and a mobile podium were added to provide on-site students a clear view of the instructor’s hands via broadcast on a wall-mounted TV.

Completion Date: Fall 2016

Contact: Susan Turner, FAIA, Laboratory Planner/Architect, 312-789-4011,