The School Experience

Koury Oral Health Sciences Building

267251_225853637450341_2043147_nIn 2009, the University and the state of North Carolina together embarked on a building project to enhance the School of Dentistry’s ability to advance its missions of education, research and service. After nearly four years of construction, Koury Oral Health Sciences was officially dedicated on April 27, 2012 by Chancellor Holden Thorp. Dean Jane Weintraub, UNC Board of Trustees Chair Wade Hargrove, lead donors Maurice and Ann Koury, and more than 150 alumni, students and friends of the school joined together that afternoon to celebrate.

At the inception of the project, the General Assembly committed $92 million towards the construction, and the University committed $20.5 million. The school’s donors were challenged to contribute $6.125 million to assist with construction. Together, countless School of Dentistry alumni and friends exceeded that fundraising goal, committing more than $7 million toward the facility.

Boasting 216,500 square feet of state-of-the-art educational, research laboratory and administrative space, Koury Oral Health Sciences added to an already dynamic dental school campus. The total footprint of the UNC School of Dentistry is now nearly 500,000 square feet, making it one of the largest dental complexes in the United States.

The LEED certified Gold building contributes two 105-seat teleconferencing lecture halls, a 220-seat Kirkland Auditorium, a new patient simulation lab, a large open space (called the Atrium), and a café. Environmental highlights include lighting controls and daylight sensors that reduce energy use, open site areas planted with native and adapted vegetation that will not require traditional watering, fertilization or maintenance, and a “green roof” that filters stormwater and improves thermal efficiency of the roof.

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