Marquette University
School of Dentistry

Integrating a transformed curriculum with a building designed for a new millenium

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In designing the new Marquette University School of Dentistry building, the school’s leadership resolved to introduce a student- and patient-centric approach to teaching dentistry. This promise required a custom-designed building to support a revolutionized curriculum.

The Marquette University dentistry experience replicates the real-world experience of delivery it in a small, supportive clinic environment. The new curriculum makes full use of state-of-the-art learning technologies and allows students to develop ongoing relationships with patients – just as they would in a real-world setting. The new school includes general and multi-specialty clinics, totaling 156 chairs for oral health care services for the community and under-served populations. It houses specialty oral care clinics for advanced care, graduate orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontal surgery, graduate endodontics, graduate prosthodontics and radiology programs. A recently completed addition includes simulation laboratories, classrooms, research labs, faculty practice clinics and a student operatories clinic.

Innovative design solutions include General Dentistry Practice/Teaching Environments that resemble small dental offices (four 12-chair clinics), general dental rounds rooms, and a technology "play room" where students, faculty and practicing dentists can test emerging technologies that advance dental care.

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“Kahler Slater was instrumental in taking us through a process which helped build consensus for the project and the new curriculum among the faculty, staff, and the larger community. This process resulted in a building design that is not only beautiful and supported by all, but also functional and completely supportive of the new curriculum.” William K. Lobb, Dean, Marquette University School of Dentistry

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