After years in the making, the School of Dentistry’s Office of the Dean has officially moved to its new location after an extensive renovation project. The new space occupies just over 9,500 square feet of the R corridor on the dental building’s third floor.
The $3.5 million investment, designed by Marmon Mok Architecture with furnishing by OfficeSource Ltd., provides the school a fully remodeled office layout which includes high-end finishes for 16 offices, 12 open workstations and six common spaces, such as a reception and break room. The office includes two conference rooms, one being a modernized, executive conference room that seats 22 attendees and includes an all-in-one video conferencing and presentation system.
An open house celebration was held Oct. 19, which began with a welcome and comments from Peter Loomer, DDS, PhD, dean of the School of Dentistry.
He thanked the President’s Office for their support, as well as Lydia Leos, assistant dean for administration, and Norma Kempel, manager, administration and assistant to the dean, for all their planning and hard work on the project.
“This was certainly a team effort and offers something for all of us to use and be proud of,” Loomer said.
Andrea Marks, MBA, CPA, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, also spoke, providing some history on the project, which is the second longest in the university’s history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She thanked Dean Loomer for his leadership and his team’s hard work.
Loomer, along with Marks, Kempel and Leos, were joined by Ginny Gomez, MBA, CPA, vice president and chief financial officer; Michael A. Charlton, PhD, associate vice president for facilities, safety, risk management; Raymundo Rivera, executive director of engineering and construction; and Roland De La Garza, principal at Marmon Mok Architecture, to cut the ceremonial ribbon welcoming over 100 guests for guided tours and refreshments.
The School of Dentistry’s Office of the Dean hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri., with the main reception now located at DTL 3.030R.01.
Loomer and his staff would like to express their gratitude to the following Facilities Management team members for their support throughout the project: Raymundo Rivera, executive director of engineering and construction; Reuben Pinkson, director of project management and design; Alezz Waseem, construction project manager-senior; and John Amos, campus architect. They also thank Roland De La Garza and team at Marmon Mok Architecture; Kay Glass Harig, CEO RID, and team at OfficeSource Ltd.; and Jacob Pruski, assistant superintendent, and team at Flintco, LLC.