Recently completed, the new Ray and Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building establishes a new School of Dentistry for the University of Utah and provides an educational paradigm for the campus by uniting health sciences and dental programs. Kahler Slater teamed with MHTN Architects to design a building which focuses on creating the ideal patient care experience.
The new School of Dentistry building contains operatories in public dental clinics, clinic support labs and spaces, lecture halls and conference/seminar rooms, faculty offices, research labs and general building support spaces. Although initially planned for 50 students per year for four years (200 total students), it has capacity for program growth to 60 students per year (240 total students). Due to the location on the University's campus, the Oral Health Sciences Building allows for integration and collaboration with other health sciences programs, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary care.
“The School of Dentistry will shape the future of dentistry worldwide by developing exemplary oral health professionals who are clinicians, educators, researchers and community leaders. I am proud that our founding DDS Class of 2017 ranks as the most qualified among dental students in the nation and that these students will uphold the traditions of academic excellence set by the University of Utah.” Rena N. D’Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D
Founding Dean, School of Dentistry