Education: Touro University completes library, classroom expansion

North Bay Business Journal
Monday, August 26, 2013, 6:00 a.m.

Touro University on Vallejo’s Mare Island opened a newly renovated library and pharmacy teaching facility to students this fall semester, the latest in a series of property improvements made to the historic, 44-acre cluster of 23 former U.S. Navy facilities since the nonprofit private university first opened a campus there in 1999.

Completed at a cost of around $2.4 million, the renovations involve a number of steps that further adapt the former mess hall to accommodate its current use as a modern library and classroom facility. Among those improvements is a state-of-the-art simulated pharmacy lab, replacing an unused space once used for food preparation and storage.

“It looks like you’re going into a pharmacy at Kaiser or Sutter,” said Marilyn Hopkins, provost and chief operating officer of the Jewish-sponsored medical college’s Mare Island campus. “They first learn in a structured, protected environment. Then, when they go out into the real world, they do it better.”

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