School of Dentistry begins facility expansion plans
Major plans to expand the Loma Linda campus call for structures now used by the School of Dentistry to be reallocated for other uses.
Major plans to expand the Loma Linda University campus call for buildings now used by the School of Dentistry to be reallocated for other uses.
And so change is coming soon—within the next six months, the building housing the faculty dental offices (FDO) on Taylor Street will be leveled to make room for a parking structure. FDO will temporarily relocate to leased space in San Bernardino.
According to Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD, dean, fundraising for a new dental school complex (two structures and a parking facility) is being included in the LLUAHSC and School of Dentistry annual campaigns for next year.
And so planning for a new dental school complex (to be located across the street from Loma Linda Academy) has begun. The first phase to be constructed (2009) will house the graduate programs, faculty practices, and a research facility. The move-in date for the second phase, housing the dental and dental hygiene programs, will take place a few years later.
“We are being given latitude,” says Dr. Goodacre, “to plan and create the environment in which dental education will take place for the next 50 years or more.”
On Wednesday, October 17, 2007, faculty, students, and staff were given a presentation that revealed timelines, process and roles of faculty, students, staff, and administrators, as well as proposed locations for the new complex.
On Monday, October 22, a committee of faculty, staff, and students met with staff from a space-planning firm chosen by the School. They responded to the question, “If you were given the opportunity to study and work in an environment unrestricted by an existing location, what would it be like?”
Responses included: improved student study areas; a design that honors our history; state-of-the-art clinics/patient reception and waiting areas; a cafeteria; and areas for staff and faculty to relax and take breaks away from patients. Use of the grounds surrounding the complex was also discussed (adequate tables/eating areas for students and staff; parking; areas for social events; and space for special events such as Clinic With a Heart).
Additional discussion included planning for advanced education programs needs many years from now.
Several meetings will take place over the coming months to establish specific space needs, followed by creation of architectural plans for the new complex.
By Nancy Yuen