Mercer Atlanta’s pharmacy and health sciences building complete

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The exterior of the Moye Pharmacy and Health Center on the Mercer Atlanta campus
Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Center. Photo by Matt Smith

The newest addition to Mercer University’s Atlanta campus is open.

The Tony and Nancy Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Center is a 65,000-square-foot building that houses learning, teaching and administrative space for the College of Pharmacy. It contains some of the most cutting-edge lab technology found in any academic setting, adjustable classrooms to fit the needs of individual professors, and several areas for students to study and relax between classes.

“These state-of-the art facilities will allow student pharmacists to learn through simulated patient care settings in preparation for future practice,” said Dr. Susan Miller, professor of pharmacy practice.

After years of extensive research and planning, Mercer broke ground on the center in 2022 with a budget of $33.2 million. Faculty and staff moved in this October. The first floor features a dramatic foyer with classrooms, simulation lab space and a spacious student lounge. The second-floor houses the dean’s suite, several conference rooms, and faculty and staff offices.

“Mercer has always been one of the top pharmacy schools in Georgia, and now we have the best facility in the state,” said alumnus Tony Moye, who — along with his wife, Nancy — provided the lead gift to the center. “It’s a place where we can prepare students to succeed in the pharmacy industry, no matter where it goes in the future. Nancy and I were honored to participate, which exceeded our expectations.”

Moye earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Mercer in 1973.

The construction also includes a renovation of 18,500 square feet of lab space in the existing Duvall Pharmacy Research building.

“This will allow us to dramatically increase our research infrastructure that will ultimately increase our research productivity, which has grown tremendously over the last decade,” said Dr. Nader Moniri, associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

This center is the latest addition to a multi-year transformation of Mercer Atlanta’s campus. The university completed Mercer Village Atlanta and a $2 million renovation to the Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Graduate and Professional Library in 2022. Mercer is now adding more green space and walking paths while tackling major renovations to the Administration and Conference Center.

“The new Tony and Nancy Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Center is a spectacular addition to Mercer’s Atlanta campus. It provides a signature building for the campus that contains the most advanced pharmaceutical science facilities in the southeastern United States. It is a fitting tribute to the service of former Board of Trustees Chair Tony Moye,” Mercer President William D. Underwood said.

Workers are finishing the furniture installation and other small details before students begin classes in January 2024. An official dedication is set for April.