For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
The UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School Holds a
Groundbreaking Ceremony for a $45 Million Expansion and Renovation
Students, faculty, administrators and alumni of the New Jersey
Dental School attended a ground-breaking ceremony recently on
the Newark campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for a new academic and clinical care building.
This is one facet of a $45 million expansion and renovation project
of the state's only dental school and part of the University's
$518 million capital construction program
The University and the State of New Jersey have provided $26
million to build the Oral Health Pavilion and complete renovations
in the dental school itself. Philanthropic support totaling $19
million is expected to cover the remainder of the costs.
Dr. Cecile Feldman, dean of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School,
said, "This is an exciting time in our history. This project will
enable the school to continue to improve and expand activities
in education, patient care and research that are critical to furthering
New Jersey Dental School's success as a leader in oral health,
both regionally and nationwide."
Dr. Robert Saporito, senior vice president of academic affairs
at UMDNJ and a former dean of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School,
said, "The development of the new Oral Health Pavilion will contribute
to New Jersey Dental School's long-term commitment to excellence."
Also speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony were Dr. Stuart
D. Cook, president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey (UMDNJ); Dr. Munr Kazmir, a member of the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Dental School Board of Advisors; and Mr. Ben Sutter, president
of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School Class of 2005.
The state-of-the-art Oral Health Pavilion, which will be built
adjacent to the current facility, is a three story, 78,000 square-foot
building that will house a new main entrance and lobby, an educational
conference center, a student lounge, patient waiting areas, pre-doctoral
clinics and administrative offices. The Oral Health Pavilion is
scheduled to open February 2004.
A gallery, located just beyond the reception area in the lobby
of the main entrance, will lead to the 10,000 square-foot Educational
Conference Center and a 3,000 square-foot school lounge. A beautifully
landscaped, glass-enclosed atrium called "Alumni Plaza" will be
located near the entrance to welcome patients and visitors.
The Educational Conference Center will house four lecture halls
where students will have access to advanced computer and audiovisual
technology, Internet access and individual electrical outlets
for laptop computers. The students will be able to conduct their
clinical training using new equipment and technology that provides
easy access to patient records and educational resources. Three
executive-style conference rooms, also located in the Educational
Conference Center, will be built for use by faculty, students,
administration and the UMDNJ Center for Continuing Education.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
comprises New Jersey's only three medical schools, the state's
only dental school, the school of health related professions,
the school of nursing, the school of public health and the school
of biomedical sciences on campuses in Newark, Piscataway/New Brunswick,
Stratford, Camden and Scotch Plains. UMDNJ also operates University
Behavioral HealthCare in Newark and Piscataway. It is affiliated
with more than 200 health care and educational institutions throughout