Congratulations to Texas A&M University College of Dentistry on the dedication of their new Clinic and Education Building in Dallas on Jan. 23. The 160,000 square-foot, nine-story building will give underserved patients greater access to dental care and has enabled the college to shift its curriculum from a traditional discipline-based approach to a team-based “whole health” model.
Kahler Slater was honored to be part of the team to make this building a reality. Our Dental Education experts led the programming, planning and design for the new facility, partnering with BRW Architects of Dallas who served as Architect of Record.
The first stand-alone building built for the college since 1950, the Clinic and Education Building features nearly 300 dental-chair stations ranging from general practice to prosthodontics and implant surgery, each equipped with the latest technology. It also includes specialized clinics, clinical support spaces, faculty areas, classrooms and study spaces. Dedicated patient parking is available on the building’s first three floors.
The new building will allow the college to increase patient visits – currently numbering approximately 100,000 per year – by as much as 40 percent and gives it the capacity to expand enrollment to meet the demand for dental care providers in underserved parts of the state.
It also has facilitated an overhaul of the college’s curriculum to a team-based approach that is patient-centered and reflects the more collaborative learning style of today’s students. This group practice model will expose students to numerous specialists and foster students’ engagement in their work, with each other, and with their patients, helping prepare them to work in whichever practice model they ultimately choose.
Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky, dean of the College of Dentistry, said, “No longer will students and patients be going to different areas of the school or clinic to seek information about treatment and care. The patient will actually be the center of the treatment and treatment will come to them.”
“Our students, faculty and staff will flourish in this incredible environment,” he added.
“The new clinical building is truly going to help the college meet the ever-expanding need for reputable patient-centered care in a compassionate environment. Our students will gain a unique learning experience that will benefit them throughout their professional careers.”
Dr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky, Dean, College of Dentistry