Oregon Health Sciences University, in collaboration with the Oregon University System, created an innovative Life Sciences Collaborative Building. The design team of SERA Architects and CO Architects invited Kahler Slater to participate as national dental education experts to program and design the School of Dentistry portion of the building. The School of Dentistry will include orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery and Advanced Education General Dentistry (AEGD).
Kahler Slater's team of experts designed dental simulation environments, treatment and research labs and a faculty practice clinic. The facility features an intimate 20-person learning environment adjacent to clinical space and lab that will enhance team-based learning. In addition, an integrated group practice clinic was designed to simulate a professional office practice.
The building itself serves the schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and the Center for Health and Healing. A goal of the program is to encourage team learning and patient care while removing silos between schools. The building allows the universities to address the critical shortfall of health care professionals in the region by enabling the expansion in the size of incoming classes.