Boston University


Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Facility Master Plan

Boston, Massachusetts

150,000 gsf / 13,935 m2 and approximately 500,000 gsf conditions assessment

Architecture, Campus Planning, Lab Planning, Programming


Boston University (BU) embarked on an in depth Applied Strategic Planning process (ASP) to set a new direction for the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM).  The process engaged diverse user groups in reassessing the overall mission, vision and strategy for the school and looked to immediately implement key initiatives.

It became clear during the ASP, that the Boston University dental education facilities were not capable of meeting current or future needs of the University.  Dental facilities were sprawled out across the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) and clinical space was insufficient.  Because of this, Boston University decided to engage SmithGroupJJR, to participate in a facility master plan process running concurrent to the overall planning course to address the program’s spatial needs.

The facility master plan goals were tied closely to the guiding principles of the ASP, focusing on patient-centered care and creating optimal student learning environments.  The team researched and benchmarked dental education worldwide, leading to the implementation of an innovative and ergonomic patient-centered operatory.  Clinical environments were also re-envisioned to accommodate vertically-oriented teams, allowing students to engage in a setting of clinical Group Practices early in their enrollment.

The alignment of the facilities master plan to the strategic planning process ultimately allowed the University to think beyond the walls of their existing dental education facilities and re-conceptualize a new paradigm for dental education at BU. Multiple scenarios for the expansion were studied – each considered ways to optimize synergies between the GSDM and the BU School of Medicine and the School of Public Health on the BU medical campus.