The University of Pikeville has chosen the Kahler Slater + EOP Architects team to lead the adaptive reuse transformation of a former newspaper building into a new college of dental medicine for the University. The building, which currently houses the newspaper offices and its printing presses, will become the home of an interdisciplinary, innovate dental education experience and will begin accepting students in 2025. The project will be a catalyst to transform access and quality of care to the Appalachian region of Kentucky.
“The most common question I have received over the last six months has been, ‘Where will the dental school be located?’” said UPIKE President Burton Webb, Ph.D. “Now we can answer that question in the way we had always hoped, in downtown Pikeville. Dental health is intricately linked to overall health and well-being. Our hope is that one day Central Appalachia could be among the most healthy places in America. Dental medicine is another way we are working to deliver on that vision.”