Marquette University ~ Dental School

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Project Description

The new 126,000 sq. ft. building was designed to accommodate a dramatically different, curriculum, an integrated, case-based approach, coupled with a patient-centered clinical environment that more closely models the real world of dental practice.

The entry is a large, light-filled atrium featuring large display cases of artifacts noting the history of dental education and practices. The west end of the first and second floors house the dental clinic. The dental clinic is organized into eight, 12-chair PODs with four on each floor. Four additional PODs are located on the second floor for the graduate program and include prosthodontics, endodontics, orthodontics and the pediatric clinic.

The first floor also contains the informatics and technology center, including a 99-seat lecture hall, lounge and vending area, the latest dental equipment and instruments “playroom” and an outdoor courtyard and green space.

The pre-clinical simulation laboratory, faculty practice and clinical research areas are located in the lower level. Administrative and faculty offices occupy the third floor, along with shared conference rooms, waiting and support areas.

The building parking lot is south and adjacent to one of two main building entries in order to facilitate ease of patient drop off, in keeping with the major project goal of creating a patient-centered facility.

Expansion Project
After ten years of success under this model, Marquette University responded to the need for physical growth of the School of Dentistry. They called upon Boldt to complete the 50,000-sq. ft. expansion

The expansion allows them to add 20 more students to the program. It includes an expansion of all areas of the school: clinical, lab and classroom space. It features a larger, remodeled simulation lab, where 100 students can work on individual mannequins at the same time. Another component includes additional space for dental school faculty to expand their academic research.

Marquette University has and will continue to serve the needs of students and patients in Wisconsin. Eighty percent of its students are Wisconsin residents, who begin practicing right after graduation. An increase in enrollment due to this expansion will also allow the school to further accomplish the goals of the program. This includes a potential increase to the already 26,000 unduplicated patients being served in the underserved community across the state of Wisconsin. Marquette’s program treats these patients at seven clinics around the state and serves patients from 64 of the 72 state counties.

Boldt has appreciated the opportunity to utilize experience on other projects of its nature and to further develop contacts in the city of Milwaukee. On this project, our team has interfaced with the following opportunities:

  • Multiple source funding and fundraising efforts

  • Budget constraints

  • Diversity participation

  • Non-profit and owner direct purchases

  • Multiple tenants and stakeholders

  • Community based programs

  • Meeting and exceeding schedule expectations

  • Communicating risks at all levels of the project

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Kahler Slater Architects

Boldt's Role

Construction Manager

Key Points

  • The State of Wisconsin issued $15 million in long-term bonds to finance half the $30 million cost (including FFE) of the new facility and Marquette matched that amount through its fund-raising efforts. Three million dollars in federal support was also secured.