March 10, 2014
University of the Pacific's new San Francisco campus and home of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry opened its doors to the Pacific family for the first time on March 7, 2014. The day of dedication activities started with an afternoon open house for dental students, faculty and staff, followed by an official evening dedication ceremony and reception organized for the broader University family, alumni and civic leaders.
The dedication of the new campus at 155 Fifth Street in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood marks an important milestone in the 163-year history of the University and of the dental school, which was original founded in 1896 as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of San Francisco.
In addition to being the new home of the Dugoni School of Dentistry, the $151 million campus will also house University programs in audiology, music therapy, food studies and other subjects. The seven-story, 395,000-square-foot San Francisco campus was acquired for $47 million in 2011, and underwent two years of extensive renovations to make it a state-of-the-art teaching and patient-care facility.
Dental students, faculty and patients will be welcomed into the new facility when a new academic year of classes starts in July 2014. All existing public dental clinic services will continue to be held at the school's existing campus at 2155 Webster Street in Pacific Heights until July when dental clinics relocate to the new SoMa location.
"With the opening of this stunning new facility, we establish ourselves as a true three-city university and make even more of Pacific's outstanding academic programs available to many more students from throughout the region, state and world," said University President Pamela A. Eibeck.
"This new campus and its superb facilities are a fitting home for the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry," said Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the school. "The modern clinics, classrooms and labs will allow us to continue to offer our innovative curriculum and prepare our graduates for the way dentistry is practiced in the 21st century."
The new building contains flexible classrooms, a state-of-the-art dental Simulation Laboratory, general and specialty dental clinics for children and adults of all ages, research labs and support spaces. The location offers close proximity to public transportation, including a nearby BART/Muni station, for students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors. The new location will allow the dental school to have a wider reach in the San Francisco Bay Area, and clinics will serve approximately 10,000 patients each year. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has nearly 1,000 dental students, faculty and staff.
"University of the Pacific is recognized as an innovator and leader in higher education," said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. "In addition to enriching San Francisco's education landscape by training future innovators who will improve the lives of many of our residents, the new state-of-the-art campus in SoMa will support San Francisco's growth and economic vitality."
Several individuals were key to making the project a reality: Richard Lundquist, owner of Continental Development Corporation, who sold the Fifth Street building to Pacific and also owns the adjacent InterContinental hotel; Pacific alumnus and Regent Jim Mair, the president, CEO and founder of South Bay Development Company, who brokered the agreement; and Pacific Regent Ron Redmond, a San Clemente, Calif., orthodontist, who gave a $5 million leadership gift that launched a fundraising campaign for the new campus. Patrick Cavanaugh, Pacific's vice president for business and finance, oversaw the project from inception to finish.
"The San Francisco campus is the largest real estate investment the University has made since it moved its main campus to Stockton in 1924," said Cavanaugh. "We like the energy and prominence of this location in SoMa and believe that our students, faculty and staff will add vitality to the neighborhood."
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Photos of the Dedication Day events can be viewed here.
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