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Medicine Specialty Pharmacy Renovation, West Virginia University

IKM, Inc.

Posted: September 15, 2021 | Projects

With the goal of expanding market share and market reach of their specialty pharmaceutical services, West Virginia University Medicine explored the option of an off-campus facility. 

Photo Courtesy of IKM, Inc.

Comingling the normal outpatient pharmaceutical needs with that of their growing specialty component, all within the limited square footage of their main outpatient pharmacy, was creating challenges from a facility and staffing perspective. They decided to look for alternate solutions. 

Research indicated that a free-standing specialty pharmacy could improve care continuity, decrease the cost of, and improve revenue stream. Furthermore, free-standing specialty pharmacies can be organized efficiently and effectively, with ease of access for couriers and mail order functionality

WVU Medicine decided to invest in its own specialty pharmacy to better manage its patients’ medications. This would allow them to keep those patients within their own healthcare system, as well as recruit new patients outside the system and into the mail order component of their specialty pharmacy.

As part of an ongoing relationship with the main hospital, IKM architects were retained to coordinate and design a new specialty pharmacy for WVU Medicine. The hospital enlisted market analysts to confirm the viability of expanded components, such as injection training, individual counseling, group education, and other outpatient-based services. 

Once the program was complete, the IKM design team proceeded by engaging administrators, key stakeholders, and other user groups to help design the new facility – focusing on efficient flow patterns. Those flow patterns analyzed the flow of drugs and products into and out of the facility, as well as the flow of staff in formulating, packaging, and quality control of the drugs. 

The new 12,500-square-foot facility provides all of the functionality the hospital identified as essential, as well as the various levels of security related to the product flow of regulated substances. 

An additional component of the new facility was patient education. Space was designed to support training and advocacy, so that patients and medical professionals could be educated regarding the appropriate utilization and application techniques associated with various new specialty drugs.

Flooring: Amtico Spacia, Stonhard 
Lighting: Veer by Focal Point, Lithonia, Finelite

IKM, Inc.
1 PPG Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Structural Engineer 
CTL Engineering, Inc.
1091 Chaplin Hill Road
Morgantown, WV 26501

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Lovorn Engineering Associates, LLC
700 Blaw Avenue, #200
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

General Contractor
MBM Contracting, Inc.
4999 Old Clairton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Date Bid: Mar 2015
Construction Period: May 2015 to Jan 2016          
Total Square Feet: 12,500
Site: 5.3 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.  
Building Sizes: First floor, 12,500; total, 12,500 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 14’; total, 14’.  
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: CMU.
Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the September/October 2021 issue of DCD