April 20, 2010
Ground was broken last week on a 125,000-square-foot, five-story building to house Roseman University of Health Sciences' College of Dental Medicine at the university's campus in South Jordan, Utah located in the RiverPark Corporate Center. Layton Construction Co., Inc. is constructing the new facility, which was designed by MHTN Architects, in conjunction with The Argent Group.
"After years of planning and preparation, [Roseman University of Health Sciences] is pleased to begin construction of our College of Dental Medicine building and bring the first pre-doctoral dental program to Utah," Dr. Harry Rosenberg, president of the university, said. "The university looks forward to providing an unparalleled learning experience while also offering excellent and affordable, high-quality dental care to citizens of the Salt Lake Valley, including under served populations."
The new building will contain classrooms, labs, offices and clinical facilities. The College of Dental Medicine's planned Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program will be the first and only pre-doctoral dental program in Utah and is expected to enroll its first class in the fall of 2011. The innovative program has a unique curriculum based on Roseman's student-centered educational philosophies of mastery learning and outcomes-based education. Roseman utilizes the block system--rather than having multiple courses and clinical experiences spread out over semesters of quarters, "the curriculum is organized into blocks that allow students to focus on one subject at a time," Rosenberg said.
Layton completed Roseman's current 119,000-square-foot South Jordan campus that houses the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and MBA programs in 2006. The facility features several classrooms, a board room, a student commons area and four six-sided JumboTron-like projector pods and fixed seating. The new building for the College of Dental Medicine will be constructed adjacent to the existing campus.
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