Recognizing an opportunity to expand its graduate programs, St. John Fisher College initiated a new graduate school - the Wegmans School of Pharmacy - to acknowledge the increasing demand for medical pharmacists nationwide. Through careful site planning and a unique design aesthetic, a new three-story, 38,000 SF building now houses this program, while also significantly redefining the heart of the campus. The building incorporates an atrium common space visibly linking two existing buildings with vastly different architectural styles; the Collegiate Gothic Kearney Hall and the modernist style Skalney Hall.
The design team, including Program Consultants, Perkins & Will, examined five different site plan alternatives. The selected concept responded to the campus master plan design criteria. It anchored a bend in an existing campus road that the College had redefined from what was once a thoroughfare, cutting through the heart of the campus, to a classic entrance road terminating at Kearney Hall. It also offered the important opportunity to create a park-like campus quadrangle framed by five prominent buildings that includes the new Wegmans School of Pharmacy.