Submitted by the University of the Pacific
The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry announced the purchase of an office building in San Francisco, California’s South of Market (SoMa) district to establish a new campus. The building, located at 155 Fifth Street, is seven stories tall with approximately 395,000 gross square feet of space. Five floors of the building will house the university's prestigious Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, as well as classroom space for other future university programs.
"This new facility allows Pacific to strategically expand its footprint in San Francisco by providing a highly visible presence downtown," said Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck, President of University of the Pacific. "This gives us important opportunities for our dental school, which has been in San Francisco since 1896, and also allows us to build programs for students in our eight other University schools and colleges."
"I am proud to welcome the University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry to their new home in SoMa," said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. "This new campus represents a significant investment in San Francisco, bringing new jobs, new economic activity, and one of the top dental schools in the nation to the heart of our city."
The new building will contain labs, classrooms, research, and support space for the dental school, and will also accommodate clinical changes and technology enhancements to support patient care. The location offers close proximity to public transportation, including a nearby BART station, for students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors.
"We are proud to be part of the exciting development activity taking place in the South of Market neighborhood," said Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., Dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. "The new facility will allow easier access for our patients to receive oral healthcare and provide state-of-the-art learning environments to support our academic programs."
Total cost of the building purchase and renovation is expected to be $151 million. The university will fund the cost through an upcoming fundraising campaign, revenue from commercial leases, and the sale of two properties currently used by the dental school in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood.