The approximately 160,000-square-foot facility is home to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The building, which has achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating, incorporates many green design features such as maximizing natural daylight (75 percent of all space in the building will receive natural light). The building provides a state-of-the-art Pharmaceutical Care and Teaching Center.
President of EJ Financial Enterprises, Inc., and a skilled entrepreneur who has transformed numerous businesses into profitable corporations, John N. Kapoor, PhD '72, for nearly a decade has been the most generous donor to the UB pharmacy school, which is ranked in the top two of Northeast U.S. pharmacy schools and in the top 25 nationwide. Mr. Kapoor and his wife, Editha, contributed $5 million to the Kapoor Hall project, which received an additional $46 million from New York State.
Born in Amritsar, India, Kapoor earned an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Bombay University and sought to attend graduate school in the United States. UB offered him a graduate fellowship, allowing him to pursue a doctorate in medicinal chemistry. Throughout his career, Kapoor has demonstrated keen marketing insight. As president and CEO of LyphoMed, he rejuvenated the hospital products company into a more than $100-million-a-year business, which he then sold to Fujisawa Pharmaceuticals. He went on to serve in leadership positions at several U.S. pharmaceutical companies over the next 30 years, including Option Care, Inc., a provider of home health-care services; Akorn, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of generic ophthalmic products; and Introgen Therapeutics, Inc., a gene therapy company.
Historical research and photographs provided by University Archives.
Primary function: Academic
Tenants: School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Architect: Duane Lyman and Associates
Completion date: May-12
Gross square feet: 163,822
Construction cost: $55,000,000