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Dental school facility keeps pace with technology and student interests

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Newly upgraded classroom at the School of Dentistry.

Just three years after moving into a new location in Detroit near Corktown, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry has installed a fourth floor fitness center/student lounge and made substantial upgrades to classrooms and operatories. These improvements benefit students, first and foremost, and make the campus more inviting and productive for faculty and continuing education professionals.

The 10,000 square foot fitness center and lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrored walls that reflect the exercise equipment and activity. There are two glassed-enclosed rooms for ping-pong, new bathrooms with showers, and a large gathering space with a flat-screen TV.

“The room is one of the most popular places on campus. It’s busy all hours of the day. Students and faculty go there to exercise, socialize or just relax,” says Richard Kelley, executive director of Advancement for the dental school.“The transformation made on that floor is visually stunning.”

Other dental school facility improvements and upgrades include:

  • The special function room on the second floor of the clinic building near the cafeteria was expanded to seat 350 people, up from 200, to allow for more gatherings, meetings and training.
  • Two chairs were added to a portion of the operatory and an additional 30 chairs will be added this summer. This will expand the 190-chair operatories on the first floor dental clinic to 220 chairs. Cavitrons in the operatories have been outfitted with advanced electric-driven hand tools.
  • Purchase of a 3-D digital imaging unit that uses a wand to take impressions of the teeth. This state-of-the-art imaging tool can be used to build a crown without having to make a mold of the tooth.
  • This summer, a new 25-seat classroom and a 25-seat simulation lab will be constructed on the second floor of the clinic building to accommodate continuing education classes.

Naming opportunities offer a means for alumni and other supporters to identify their gifts to the dental school.  For more information, please contact Richard Kelley at 313-494-6624 or