Board of Trustees approves IU School of Dentistry building expansion

  • Aug. 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees gave unanimous approval today for a 45,000-square-foot, $21.6 million expansion to the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

The building addition on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus will provide state-of-the-art clinical space for the 136-year-old school, which has been operating in facilities constructed in the 1930s, 1960s and 1970s.

“We are ecstatic,” said Dr. John N. Williams, dean of the IU School of Dentistry. “This has been a vision for more than 20 years, and we are grateful to IU leadership and to our early alumni supporters who believed in the new building well before there was a tangible plan.”

With IU trustees' approval, the IU School of Dentistry will begin working with architects and space planners to design the clinical addition. The school already has raised more than $4 million from alumni toward the $21.6 million construction project, which will be funded through dental school capital funds, auxiliary services revenue, indirect cost recovery funds and gifts to the IU Foundation. Projected opening of the building is 2020, the year Indiana University commemorates its bicentennial.

IU dentistry alumni Dr. Lloyd Hagedorn, a Fort Wayne periodontist and chair of the alumni building executive committee, expressed his appreciation to the university for its endorsement of a new clinical addition.

“A state-of-the-art facility will enable the school to continue to attract the brightest students and highest-caliber faculty,” Hagedorn said. “This is a new chapter for IU dentistry, and the alumni are proud to be a part of it.”

“The expansion is about more than our facilities," Williams said. "It is also about re-engineering the way we operate. As we create contemporary spaces to educate our students and care for the oral health needs of our state, we will be asking ourselves how we can do each process better.

“This is a huge milestone. We are thrilled to be moving forward in planning the next 50 years of IU dentistry.”

About the IU School of Dentistry

The only dental school in the Hoosier state, the Indiana University School of Dentistry offers an extraordinary learning environment in which teaching, research and community service come together in the best way possible for the preparation of tomorrow’s dental professionals. Founded in 1879 as the Indiana Dental College, the school is in the heart of the state capital of Indianapolis. It sits on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, one of eight campuses in the IU system. IUPUI shares its location with the world-renowned IU School of Medicine and its partner, the IU Health academic health center. Many of the dental school’s faculty members have established strong collaborative ties with physicians and other scientists in the medical center facilities. More than 80 percent of the dentists in Indiana are alumni of the IU School of Dentistry.

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