On the ever-changing Texas A&M University campus, spaces are regularly renovated. Occasionally, there are renovation projects that affect not only the function of the space but also the atmosphere of that space. One such example of this is the on-campus pharmacy in the A.P. Beutel Health Center.
Before the renovation, the pharmacy consisted of multiple spaces separated by obstructive walls. There were three main parts to the pharmacy: the lobby with one service window and access to two consultation rooms; the cashier with two service windows; the secured area for pharmacist and staff use. With limitations to the pharmacy space due to the original configuration, the need for a renovated pharmacy was crucial.
In late 2016, Student Health Services submitted the renovation request to redesign the pharmacy and add more functional space for staff and patient use. This project was submitted to SSC's Engineering Design and Construction Services and took over a year to design, review, and coordinate the entire renovation. The project was completed in April 2017.
After the renovated pharmacy opened once again to student-use, the benefits of the renovation were evident. The new design of the pharmacy primarily focused on combining spaces and creating an open floor plan. Patterson Architects, Quad-Tex Construction and SSC EDCS were the project teams involved in this renovation. According to Abraham Obregón, Project Manager at SSC EDCS, an important part of this renovation was that “the client and the pharmacist knew what they were looking for in the design and were very helpful throughout the renovation.”
In the remodeled pharmacy, there is now a larger lobby, four large intake windows for students needing to talk with pharmacy staff, additional seating, increased over-the-counter products available for student purchase, and a sound system to entertain students while they wait.
With the addition of the open floor concept, the front end of the pharmacy gained approximately 380 square feet of space. This allowed an increased amount of products to be sold in the pharmacy which resulted in increased sales.
From the pharmacy staff perspective, they are now able to accommodate more patients and still respect patient confidentiality. Chief Pharmacist, Kevin Randolph, noted that the work flow has significantly improved and the open concept is ideal for patients. Randolph commented, “It’s a good shoe, it fits well.”
SHS Pharmacy Highlight
The Student Health Services Pharmacy is only available to currently enrolled TAMU students and is able to fill and refill prescriptions. Furthermore, the Pharmacy sells thousands of over-the-counter products, ranging from cold medicine to snacking items.
Due to the increased exposure of the pharmacy staff within the University community, the SHS Pharmacy has now reached new heights. Every year, University pharmacists gather to discuss pharmaceutical issues surrounding Higher Ed and issues present in their respective pharmacies. The 2018 conference will be held at Texas A&M University, and will showcase the newly-renovated SHS Pharmacy.