BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the building it will call home in 2012, when pharmacy will become the first UB professional school in three decades to move onto the South (Main Street) Campus and back into the City of Buffalo.
Kapoor Hall is named in honor of alumnus John N. Kapoor, who as a college graduate in India received a scholarship from UB that allowed him to complete a Ph.D. in 1972. A highly successful entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical industry, Kapoor has never forgotten UB’s generosity. Through the John and Editha Kapoor Charitable Foundation, he has given more than $10.8 million to UB Pharmacy, inspiring several other major donations in support of the new state-of-the-art facility that will bear his name.
The building is the third major construction project begun this year at the university, which broke ground in April on a new North (Amherst) Campus engineering school building and in August on a 10-story facility to house Kaleida Health’s Global Vascular Institute, UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center and UB’s Biosciences Incubator on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The three projects are significant milestones in the UB 2020 strategic plan to grow the university and increase its annual local economic impact from $1.7 billion to $3.6 billion.