Northern Indiana's Manchester College plans to begin work this summer on the college's new $18 million pharmacy school.
School spokeswoman Jeri Kornegay said Thursday that a ground-breaking for the 75,000-square-foot building in Fort Wayne is expected early this summer, possibly in June.
Until the building is complete in July 2012, the college's School of Pharmacy will continue to occupy space at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, about 30 miles east of North Manchester.
The building's design includes a 300-seat auditorium and small conference rooms that will be open to members of the northeastern Indiana medical community. Its lecture halls will be tiered 75-seat classrooms designed for small-group discussion.
The project is being supported by a $35 million grant from the Lilly Endowment that's the largest gift in the college's history.
While pharmacy schools have opened on a rapid pace around the nation in recent years, Indiana is one of 18 states that has a shortage of pharmacists.
Manchester’s will be the third in Indiana offering doctorates in pharmacy, joining schools at Butler University in Indianapolis and Purdue University in West Lafayette.