Transforming a Former Factory Into a State-of-the-Art Dental Education Environment

Texas Tech University
School of Dental Medicine

El Paso, Texas

As the first dental school on the U.S.-Mexico border and fourth in Texas, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s mission is to improve the oral health of the people of Texas and the greater El Paso community. The University is focused on the unique oral and overall health care needs of the border populations and demonstrating excellence in education, research, and patient care.

The new state-of-the-art Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine includes the renovation of approximately 40,562 square feet of a former factory into a state-of-the-art clinical environment. It provides the clinical aspects for the undergraduate dentistry program including a General Practice Clinic, Multi-purpose Clinic and a Faculty Practice Clinic. The new facility houses a dental clinic with 130 operating stations, dental simulation labs, support spaces, student spaces with lounges and lockers, and administrative offices.

Kahler Slater partnered with BRW Architects to design the project.