The future of pharmacy and health education

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Princess Anne, MD

With state-of-the-art teaching labs and simulated patient treatment spaces, the new School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at UMES strives to be the future of pharmacy education and research.
The new home for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions will help meet current and future needs of the University’s rapidly growing programs. The 120,000 SF facility will house the School of Pharmacy and other affiliated programs including physician assistant, kinesiology, physical therapy and rehabilitation. The design includes specialized research laboratories alongside informal study spaces, academic offices, lecture hall and a student resource center. Shepley Bulfinch is the design architect in collaboration with Architect of Record, Ayers Saint Gross.
Phase two, for which Shepley Bulfinch created the conceptual design, will house the rest of the University’s health professions: physical therapy, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, a community health clinic, and an instructional design center. Through an extensive and integrated workshop process, Shepley Bulfinch and Ayers Saint Gross programmed the school’s entire simulation program to support an interprofessional education model, and designed effective, efficient shared spaces.
The new School activates a “social mall” on campus, which was a goal of the campus master plan. Because the site is at one extreme end of campus, the design team made it into a destination. An outdoor seating area brings students together while new walkways connect campus quads and unify this area with the existing campus.
With this building, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be able to enhance it’s connection with the community by serving a growing student body and enabling innovative research.

Notable features

  • Contemporary design approach needed to be blended with the historic campus
  • Two-phase 240,000 sf School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Design integrates outdoor spaces and circulation, expands campus with a new quadrangle
  • State-of-the-art teaching labs and simulation spaces support pioneering pharmaceutical research and training