Sky Breaking Ceremony

At Tufts Dental, we already have great students and great faculty-now they will have a great building in which to learn and work. -Dean Lonnie H. Norris

With the start of April 2008, we are beginning our vertical expansion project that will add five floors and 95,000 square feet to our building. We expect the construction will take place over the next eighteen months. The new space will expand our patient clinics, classrooms, and offices, as well as Continuing Education and research facilities. Using state-of-the-art green building standards, the new floors will include many windows and make the most of natural light.

Our increased physical space will allow us to build upon our long-held tradition of offering dental care for the city of Boston and the greater New England community. In turn, students will benefit from additional space for clinical practice, a hallmark of the Tufts dental education. At the School of Dental Medicine, we provide care to more than 20,000 patients each year, totalling more than 95,000 visits annually. The building addition will better position us to deliver on our mission of service and will help increase access to high-quality and affordable dental care.

In the upcoming months, you’ll be hearing more about what to expect during the course of construction. I thank you in advance for your patience throughout this project and for your continuing dedication to Tufts Dental.

Lonnie H. Norris, D.M.D., MPH
DG80, M99P, A01P

Sky Breaking Ceremony held on May 2, 2008

On May 2, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine celebrated the beginning of the Vertical Expansion Project with a sky breaking ceremony on the plaza outside the school.

About 80 members of the Dental and Medical community and the surrounding Chinese community came together for the historic event, including guests Provost Jamshed Bharucha, Dean Lonnie Norris, Associate Dean Joseph Castellana, Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, John Palmieri, and the Dental Board of Overseers.

It was an opportunity to bring together all of the partners involved in the project and thank them for their support.

Guests also signed a banner representing the partnerships that made the project a reality: the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Shawmut Design and Construction, ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, and the City of Boston. The banner will be on display for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2010.

The ceremony concluded with Dean Norris lighting a beacon, which was raised and displayed from a crane on the roof. Dean Norris pointed out that in Chinese symbolism, a crane (the bird) depicted among clouds stands for longevity, wisdom, and nobility and that it is Tufts’ hope that this project also will bring these gifts to the Boston community.