Tooth and Nails

The University of Maryland Dental School was chartered in 1840 as the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery – the world’s first dental college. The School’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Maryland through education, research and service related to dental, oral, and craniofacial health.

Now, a new 365,000 sf facility provides all disciplines for teaching and research under one roof. Construction of the new dental school enhances all aspects of the school’s mission. Understanding the complexities of state-of-the-art academic technology, medical research laboratories, and effective clinical spaces required diligent planning and realistic cost data to protect the specific needs and desires of the School.

Barton Malow worked closely with the project architect, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson with Anshen & Allen, to provide the University with early decision-making information to balance program and budget. Coordinating building systems for the various usages within the building took a concerted effort of the entire team, including subcontracting staff, to ensure that mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems were efficient and easily maintained.

The challenges faced during design and preconstruction led to a better understanding of critical construction components and sequencing – instrumental in providing better focus for the construction activities. Early site logistics issues were coordinated with neighboring facilities and the City of Baltimore, minimizing disruption of the area, with specific attention to utilities and required retaining walls. 

Working on a very tight, urban site surrounded by occupied facilities required close coordination and unified focus on safety and housekeeping. In the end, overall coordination with all members of team, as well as our neighbors and local jurisdiction, was critical to staying on track with overall project goals and objectives.