Trustees approve School of Dentistry expansion

December 8, 2015

The School of Dentistry expansion renderingThe School of Dentistry is about to get its first building expansion since the 1970s, after a vote last week by the trustees of Indiana University. 

The Indiana University Board of Trustees gave unanimous approval at its meeting last week for the design schematic of the 45,000-square-foot, $21.6 million expansion to the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

The contemporary building addition will provide state-of-the-art clinics for the 136-year-old school, which has been operating in facilities constructed in the 1930s, 1960s, and 1970s.

"Contemporary clinics will strengthen our position to compete at the highest level as an academic dental institution," said Dr. John N. Williams, dean of the IU School of Dentistry. "The highest-quality facility allows us to recruit top-tier faculty and students."

According to Chancellor Nasser Paydar, "The School of Dentistry's expansion supports community-engagement activities, enhances faculty-development opportunities and contributes to the school's global-engagement initiative, all strategic goals for the IUPUI campus. A revitalization of the school's physical plant will strengthen our academic community even as it reflects the school's singular importance as the only school of dentistry serving the state of Indiana."

Key features of the new School of Dentistry building include:

  • Located on the east side of the existing footprint
  • Three-story, 45,669-square-foot clinical addition with approximately 125 state-of-the-art operatories (patient treatment rooms) and spacious, contemporary patient registration and waiting areas
  • Creates enclosed courtyard gathering space connecting all four buildings on the ground level
  • Upper floors will connect to existing buildings via suspended glass walkways
  • Covered multi-lane patient drop-off and pick-up area
  • Preserves original limestone design to the north with the addition of a modern glass façade to the east

The new building project has already garnered more than $4 million from alumni and friends. The remainder of the $21.6 million construction project will be financed by dental school capital funds, auxiliary services revenue, indirect cost recovery funds and gifts to the IU Foundation through For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign. Projected groundbreaking for the new building is summer 2016, with completion expected in summer 2018.

Ratio Architects and SmithGroupJJR designed the schematic for the dental school. In recent years, these firms also designed the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, and the Campus Center on the IUPUI campus.

"In partnership with the university and our dedicated alumni and friends, a new clinical facility for the IU School of Dentistry will finally be achieved and signifies our forward momentum as one of the best dental schools of the 21st century," Williams said. "We are inspired to begin this next chapter of IU Dentistry."

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