The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth), School of Dentistry

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    WHR Architects

  • CLIENT

    The University of Texas Healthy Science Center (UTHealth)

  • AREA

    311,400 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $98,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    6/2012

Designed to support UTHealth’s goals of excellence in patient care, education and research, the six-story, 296,000-square-foot School of Dentistry and 15,000-square-foot conference center includes dental clinics for general and specialized dentistry, classrooms, simulation and pre-clinical labs, clinical support labs, research lab, learning conference center, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$314.70FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYHealthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals center, conference and administrative space. The building stacking divides the building into three zones: patient and public areas, followed by educational space on the middle levels; and faculty and administrative departments on the upper levels.

The building organizes the majority of the patient-care areas on the first two floors with a connecting two-story lobby and waiting area. With a focus on flexibility, open plan clinics allow for expansion or contraction of the individual clinics, a 20 percent expansion in class size for both dental medicine and dental hygiene, and an increase in the number of patients. 

The clinics were planned to enhance the patient experience through strategies such as daylighting and use of color for wayfinding. Central dispensaries and separate elevators for passengers and materials were provided to promote efficient operations.