July 07, 2010
As part of a comprehensive study to help chart its future, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has hired design firm Kahler Slater to perform a pre-design space planning and facility programming project.
The project will address the school's current and anticipated needs, including flexible learning environments, dental clinics, community and event space, student housing and other areas. The team from Kahler Slater will also gather input from a range of students, faculty, staff, patients, administrators and other members of the school community. The feasibility project will assist the University as it evaluates possible sites for the dental school's location and construction.
Based in Milwaukee, Wis., Kahler Slater is a 102-year-old interdisciplinary design firm with significant architectural and interior design experience in higher education, healthcare and other fields. It also has specific experience in the design of dental school facilities. The firm was recently named among the Top 100 Green Design Firms by Engineering News Record Magazine, and has extensive experience in designing and building for LEED certification. A portfolio of the company's work is available at www.kahlerslater.com.
"Kahler Slater is a highly respected design firm that will give us additional insight into the size and type of space needed to prepare University of the Pacific for its future facility needs," said Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., interim provost of University of the Pacific and chair of a special programming committee overseeing the facility planning project.
Additional background and information about the school's feasibility planning for facilities is available at http://dental.pacific.edu/x3401.xml.
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