School of Dentistry Pre-Clinical Simulation Center
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
For first- and second-year dentistry students at University at Buffalo, multi-disciplinary learning is case-based with integrated curriculum. Although the school has a forward thinking approach, its basement-level pre-clinical lab facilities in Squire Hall did not adequately accommodate advanced technology and new pedagogy. BKP partnered with the school in 2014 to study trends in dental education, conduct senior faculty workshops, and design renovations to support progressive pedagogy. BKP spent several months researching trends in dental education and learning preferences of millennial and Z-generation students.
The resulting redesign eschews traditional rows of lab benches in favor of a clustered workstation approach, where students can naturally assume collaborative roles. Integrated technology impacts the entire teaching and learning experience. The custom-designed workstations include digital dental teaching simulators and monitors to provide clear video access of the instructor. Floating ceilings, highly reflective surfaces, white stone counters, and an abundance of light brighten the basement spaces. A backlit photo mural of downtown Buffalo printed on translucent glass fills an entire wall. The project will be constructed in two phases to keep the lab fully operational while increasing the number of workstations from 90 to 146.
|$12 million ($6 million – construction | $6 million – technology)
13,500 square feet
2017 (Phase I)
“Thanks for all you and BKP have done with us! I am really glad we chose you. We are very fortunate how we have all come together to form a great team.”
— Joseph Kerr, Associate Dean for Administration, School of Dentistry
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