• The Pharmacy and Biological Sciences building has been planned since 2011 and after negotiations to consolidate 10 plots on campus to make approximately 9 400 m² available, the demolishing of the houses started in 2013.
• The building was erected with 1,2 million bricks (enough for 26 medium-sized houses) and 670 tons of steel reinforcement in the concrete.
• The one wing in which Biological Sciences (Faculty of Natural Sciences) will be housed has not yet been completed. Tenders for the installation of offices and laboratories have only recently been requested. This installation cost will amount to approximately R50 million.
During 2016, the NWU unveiled two cutting-edge facilities on its Potchefstroom Campus.
One was an existing building refurbished for the North-West University School of Business and Governance (NWU-SBG), and the other a brand-new building designed for Pharmacy and Biological Sciences.
The one wing of the Pharmacy and Biological Sciences building currently houses the School of Pharmacy, taking up four floors.
On the first floor are a Clinical Pharmacy group and a simulation laboratory. The second floor houses Pharmacy Practice, as well as four smaller lecture rooms, while the third floor houses Pharmacology and another laboratory.
Ready for business
The new facilities of the NWU-SBG are housed in the original Standard Bank building in Potchefstroom next to the President Pretorius Museum.
The building houses two lecture rooms, a conference room, reception hall, modern kitchen and various administrative offices. It is fully equipped to take the newly formed NWU-SBG further into the realm of open distance learning while also providing excellent contact learning of international standards.
The new lecturing facilities also meet the accreditation criteria of the Association of MBAs. This refers to the aesthetic “look and feel” of the facilities, as well as the technological advancement of equipment such as Wi-Fi and video-conferencing.
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