The University of Louisvillehas completed a 2-year, $45 million project adding more than 20,000 square feet and renovating another 211,000 square feet to the School of Dentistry.

The project includes updates to infrastructure, operatory equipment, and clinical education support. Other features include new digital radiography, incorporation of an electronic health records system, and improved classroom technology. Renovations have also been made to patient waiting rooms and clinical space, including new chairs, lighting, cabinetry, and touchscreen computer terminals.

“These upgrades are critical to competing nationally for high-quality students, recruiting talented faculty, and attracting patients who need care and who augment the educational experience of out students,” said David Dunn, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health affairs at Louisville.

In addition to providing students access to new dental technology, the improvements are expected to improve interdepartmental collaboration.

“Collaboration among departments and disciplines is essential to treat and solve the complexities of oral diseases,” said John Sauk, DDS, MS, dean of the School of Dentistry. “The renovated facility will foster a practice-based research network.”