The University’s School of Dental Medicine engaged Kahler Slater to create a master plan that would directly respond to the way that dental educators would guide the school's future health care providers.
To lay the groundwork for the study, Kahler Slater's team of architects, interior designers and strategic planners conducted a full-day visioning workshop for an interdisciplinary group of university students, faculty, staff, administration and donors from the Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Medicine. Numerous facilitated exercises and discussions helped the group define gaps that exist between where they were and where they want to be, and to develop key project drivers and objectives that would be used as measures for all future planning and design decisions. Key project drivers required that the facility support the new curriculum, improve patient orientation, facilitate collaboration among all health disciplines and encourage creative thinking and research opportunities. The future outcome is to establish a vibrant, patient-focused environment that is conducive to team based teaching and learning. Kahler Slater delivered a final programming study, consisting of program options, plan diagrams and preliminary cost estimates, which were used as the foundation for the School's continuing development efforts.