SSmithGroupJJR has been selected by the University of the Pacific in California, US, to provide architectural services for a new $151m dental school campus in San Francisco’s South of Market district.
After completion of the project, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry will relocate its operations to a newly acquired seven-storey building from its current location at 2155 Webster Street in Pacific Heights.
The first five floors of the facility will house the dental school and classrooms, as well as space for other future university programmes; the remaining space will be leased to others.
University of the Pacific president Pamela Eibeck said that the new facility allows the university to expand its footprint in San Francisco by providing a visible and accessible presence downtown.
"It will provide a distinctive new home for our dental school and also allow us to offer additional high-quality academic programs to people in the Bay Area," Eibeck said.
The University of the Pacific purchased the seven-storey building from CDC/TMG 155 Fifth Street Associates in November 2011 for $47m, and it plans to renovate the building for the dentistry school.
As part of the project, the 395,000ft² building will have its exterior facade and interior spaces replaced.
After completion, the building will also house simulation laboratories, classrooms, research and support space for the dental school as well as clinical changes and technology enhancements to support patient care.
The principal at SmithGroupJJR’s San Francisco office Marianne O’Brien said that the company has ingrained the design with architectural characteristics that support holistic education, active learning, and professional polish.
"In this building, University of the Pacific will set the new standard for dental education, from the patient-focused clinical spaces to the team-based learning and faculty office spaces," O’Brien said.
The facility is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, meeting local building code requirements.
US-based Plant Construction Company will serve as the general contractor, while Nova Partners will provide project management services.
The building is expected to open in the middle of 2014.
Image: The first five floors of the facility will house the dental school and classrooms. Image: Marketwire.