Project Team Completes Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) College of Dental Medicine on Schedule
September 1, 2011

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, Georgia, is planned for September 23, 2011. The Building Group’s project team reached substantial completion in late June, right on schedule and well in advance of Fall 2011 Semester classes. The college's new home is the first on the GHSU campus to be LEED-certified.

The Building Group’s Nashville and Atlanta offices collaboratively provided construction management services for this five-story replacement facility for the state’s only dental school, now one of the largest in the nation. The $112 million, 269,133 sf building is nearly double the size of the existing 40-plus-year-old facility — more than 100,000 sf larger.

According to Brandon Scott, senior project manager, the project logged more than 1 million man-hours without a lost-time incident. After maintaining an average of 400 workers on site for over 6 months, the project still had a workforce of around 100 in the final months.

Anthony Reed, general superintendent, noted that the facility was completed in just 18 months — from installation of the first footing on December 21, 2009, to Certificate of Occupancy from the State of Georgia on June 21, 2011. The original duration proposed was 23 months, but funding delays required a compressed scheduled to meet the goal of enrolling students for Fall 2011. The Building Group utilized increased manpower along with a revised schedule sequence to accomplish the difficult task. As a result, all clinics opened as scheduled between July 13 and August 5, and students were able to occupy their spaces when they arrived on campus on August 15.

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The facility houses 316 clinical operatories within the college’s eight residency programs, two large clinics for junior and senior dental students, simulation labs, an expanded faculty practice, the College of Allied Health Sciences’ dental hygiene program and an operating room and recovery unit for outpatient surgery. Approximately 260 patients are treated in the building each day. An Education Commons, proposed for construction adjacent to the new building, would provide additional classroom space for GHSU dental and medical students.

The expanded clinical space will enable a 61 percent increase in dental students per class (400 total) and a 30 percent increase in faculty by 2016. The number of dental residencies will increase 64 percent by 2013.

In addition to being designed to accommodate current and future dental technologies, the building will be welcoming and comfortable for patients through the use of generous daylighting, wood paneling and brick. The architect of record is Lord, Aeck & Sargent, which designed the facility in collaboration with Francis Cauffman Architects.