Construction on the $60 million complex that will house Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy in Johnson City is nearing completion.

The Corliss Avenue site was cleared for the 84,000-square-foot facility two years ago. The first students and instructors are expected to move into the four-story building this summer.

Crews from J&K Plumbing and Heating of Binghamton this week are working to install equipment inside the structure.

Corliss Avenue was closed to traffic Tuesday to allow a crane to position several large air handling units onto the building's roof.

University President Harvey Stenger said interior work is underway to finish classrooms and faculty office space. Lab equipment also will be installed in coming weeks.

Stenger said there now are 70 students enrolled in the new pharmacy school who are attending classes on the main campus in Vestal. About 90 students are to be enrolled in the next doctor of pharmacy class, so the Johnson City campus is expected to have about 160 students and about two-dozen faculty members next year.

Stenger said it will take four years to get the full complement of 400 students and around 40 faculty members in place at the new building.

J&K Plumbing and Heating employees move equipment into the new pharmacy school building. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Traffic was detoured around the construction site while air handling units were lifted to the building's roof. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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