UT Health San Antonio, Center for Oral Health Care and Research
Kahler Slater and Marmon Mok
Grand Prize Winner 2017 Education Design Showcase
Facility Use: 4-year Institution
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Classrooms/Academic Buildings
Location: San Antonio, TX
District/Inst.: University of Texas San Antonio
Chief Administrator: Dr. William Dodge, dean
Completion Date: July 2015
Gross Area: 198,000 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 188 sq. ft.
Site Size: 4.54 acres
Current Enrollment: 612 students
Capacity: 1,050 students
Cost per Student: $61,904
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $328
Total Cost: $65,000,000
The new UT Health San Antonio, Center for Oral Health Care and Research includes a new clinical care and research facility. The vision was to sustain continued excellence in oral health education by attracting students, faculty, and patients and ensuring the school’s ability to obtain and conduct clinical research.
The four-story state-of-the-art clinic was intentionally designed to create the best clinical experiences. Located directly adjacent to the university’s Medical Center, the new clinical facility enhances interdisciplinary interactions between clinical specialties and improves the university’s ability to provide multi-specialty care in one location.
Natural sunlight, collaborative spaces, high-tech equipment, and patient-friendly waiting rooms are incorporated throughout. The design of the building was created around a central courtyard—allowing daylight to reach most areas of the building and serving as an organizational feature for patients’ visits.
Strategies to appeal to Millennial students included creating a variety of study spaces, readily available access to technology, and showcasing the brand of the university throughout.
Construction was completed in 2015, on budget and on-schedule. The new facility is considered a success by both the university and the community.
They leveraged public space very well outside, with the courtyard. I like the chairs in the dental clinic facing a wall of windows. I also like the detail of the wooden casework in the dental labs; this brings needed warmth into these spaces. They paid attention to the details throughout.
LAWRENCE J. SCHNUCK