Million-dollar-challenge underway for NDSU's Aldevron Tower

Only weeks to go and the new privately funded Aldevron Tower connected to Sudro Hall opens for state-of-the-art learning opportunities in Health Professions at North Dakota State University.

Generous donors who want to help educate the next generation of pharmacists are making a difference. In both funding and construction, the new Aldevron Tower on the campus of NDSU is close to the finish line. The first privately funded building on NDSU’s campus is slated to open in January 2020. 

The 74,000 sq. ft., six-story building will be filled with student activity, as well as the North Dakota Pharmacists Association Concept Pharmacy, which doubles the space that students currently have available in the Concept Pharmacy.

Faculty, equipment and furnishings will move into the space by the end of 2019 and classes in the new facility begin January 13, 2020. Official opening ceremonies will be held later in April.

In addition, a generous donor has made a $1 million challenge to NDSU alumni and friends to help complete the Aldevron Tower building campaign. However, the clock on the $1 million match runs out on December 31, 2019. There is approximately $430,000 left to raise to meet the challenge. If 430 people give $1,000 each, the million-dollar-challenge will be met.

Donations can be made at any time, including online or during NDSU’s Giving Day on December 3, 2019. One-time cash donations or a pledge paid over five years are available. Online giving is available at and can be designated to Aldevron Tower Fund.

The new building includes shared interprofessional learning space for interdisciplinary education. The focus will be on team-based education, working in conjunction with all health care disciplines, just as students will do in health care settings when they graduate.

“It will give a much needed technological and facility update that provides more of a team-based care setting, which is in high demand,” said pharmacy student Sabrina Wolfe of the new building.

The addition of Aldevron Tower to Sudro Hall provides a combined 134,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art facilities to help educate the next generation of health care professionals.

The new North Dakota Pharmacists Association Concept Pharmacy and Instructional Laboratory comprises the entire fourth floor of Aldevron Tower. This state-of-the-art Concept Pharmacy is made possible by a half-million-dollar contribution from NDPhA members. The space includes community and institutional practice areas, simulated sterile and non-sterile compounding laboratories, access to patient exam rooms for medication therapy management, telepharmacy and much more.

Pharmacy students will have the opportunity to use the latest advances in technology.

That includes high fidelity simulators, telepharmacy/ telehealth delivery to medically underserved rural communities, and teaching students how to work together as a healthcare team with other health professionals via interprofessional team-based care.

The third floor of Aldevron Tower includes 10 fully-equipped patient rooms for assessment and interdisciplinary education. An interdisciplinary Simulation Suite of 1,071 sq. ft. increases to 3,971 sq. ft. in Aldevron Tower.

For nursing and interdisciplinary education, the Simulation Suite and Multi-bed Skills Lab on second floor includes a pediatric patient room, trauma bay and birthing suite, medical/surgical patient room, home health simulation lab, nurses station, record and playback options in debriefing rooms to help students learn, and other state-of-the-art features.

“The combination of technology, facilities and exceptional faculty will result in students learning to be team-ready as well as practice-ready,” said Charles D. Peterson, dean of the College of Health Professions at NDSU.

The $28 million privately funded building and renovation are part of a comprehensive project to also expand research capacity within Sudro Hall to conduct research that improves health, including discovering new drugs and treatment strategies for diseases. 

With the addition of Aldevron Tower connected to Sudro Hall, all Health Professions programs now spread over four buildings on and off campus will be in a single location.




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