February 04, 2010
In a recent update to students, faculty and staff about the school's Strategic Plan implementation, Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., announced that University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry will pursue a feasibility study to gather data about a possible relocation within San Francisco.
As part of the institution's Strategic Plan, "Advancing Greatness," the school conducted an analysis of how current facilities support academic programs, including its integrated Helix curriculum, clinical excellence and research. A comprehensive Facilities Strategy Study was commissioned from an outside architecture and design firm, gathering qualitative and quantitative research, and input from students, faculty, staff and patients. The study reviewed the design and configuration of classrooms, clinics, offices, public and exterior spaces and other aspects of the building, such as energy efficiency.
The review helped determine how effectively the existing facilities support academic programs through the use of small-group learning environments, classroom technology, flexible spaces, patient-centered care in a team environment, clinic design and communal space.
The analysis provided several options for the University to consider. Options presented in the review included a partial or full renovation of the existing building in Pacific Heights, expansion into the school's parking lot or pursuing a new facility somewhere in San Francisco. The last option was determined to be most likely to ensure that the school's facilities are aligned with current and future needs.
The dean's announcement follows recent guidance by the University's Board of Regents for the dental school to explore the option of relocation within the city. The school has started working on aspects of the feasibility study to gather more data and will report the findings to University President Pamela A. Eibeck and the Board of Regents.
"Our school has a long and proud history in San Francisco," said Dean Ferrillo. "It is important to look ahead and map out our facility needs for future decades in order to stay at the forefront of dental education and continue our legacy of success. Pursuing this feasibility study will give us valuable data and insights as we prepare for the future."
After being founded as the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1896 at 818 Howard Street in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, the school moved to the Mission District in 1906. The school affiliated with the University of the Pacific in 1962 and moved to its present building in Pacific Heights in 1967.
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