Texas A&M School of Dentistry
The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAM-HSC) engaged Broaddus Planning to program a Center for Oral Healthcare Clinic Building for the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry (TAMUBCD) and to identify future uses for the college’s existing facility in Dallas, Texas. TAMUBCD is a recognized leader in dental education and advanced training, but to keep up with competing programs, a new clinical building is needed. The impetus behind this project is to increase the college’s ability to provide state-of-the-art dental care to under-served populations and to train students from under-represented communities.
The primary driver of this project is providing a patient-oriented clinical facility that improves the patient experience through efficient and exemplary design. Increasing efficiency will require improved wayfinding, larger waiting rooms, convenient patient intake and triage, circulation, and improved patient check-out. In addition to efficiency, a state-of-the-art clinical setting is envisioned to resemble contemporary dental practice environments more closely and to enable the college to continue to provide excellent educational training. With all clinical and clinical support functions moving to a new facility, the existing facility will be backfilled with additional functions and expand areas for simulation.