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Dugoni School of Dentistry Talks Technology as part of Facilities Programming Study

The Clinical User Group examines a mock operatory made out of foam core as part of a discussion about operatory layout.

August  19, 2010

This week, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's facilities programming study turned its focus to technology - how it is used and where it is needed - as part of the school's new facilities.

A cross-departmental group of faculty, staff and students participated in a technology "visioning" session Aug. 16 to discuss uses of technology in classrooms, clinics, study areas, lounges and other areas.

Other activities taking place on Aug. 16 and 17 involved additional user group meetings to gather more input about space needs for clinics, learning environments, research, community spaces, and administrative and office areas.

To explore future needs for clinical spaces, for example, a mock operatory was set up for the clinical user group. The foam core mock-up provided a hands-on, up-close way for people to evaluate possible configurations as part of planning for how care is delivered in different clinics.

On Aug. 17, the project team from architecture and experience design firm Kahler Slater gave a presentation to students, faculty and staff on the progress of the facilities programming study. The session covered the project vision and drivers, an update from educational technology specialists, the project's progress to date and a timeline for the rest of the study, which is scheduled to conclude at the end of October.

As part of a comprehensive study to help chart its future, the Dugoni School of Dentistry recently hired Kahler Slater to perform a pre-design space planning and facility programming project. The project is addressing the school's current and anticipated needs, including flexible learning environments, dental clinics, community and event space, student housing and other areas. The feasibility project will assist the University as it evaluates possible sites for the dental school's location and construction.

Additional background about the school's feasibility planning for facilities is available at

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