The New OHSU School of Dentistry Building

By Jack Clinton, D.M.D. `64, Dean Emeritus, OHSU School of Dentistry

OHSU School of Dean Emeritus Jack Clinton, D.M.D. `64 (second from left) tells Gene Skourtes (second from right) about the new dental school building while Bonnie (left) and Nick (far right) Skourtes listen.

This is an exciting time to be in dentistry. In case you haven’t heard, a new building is under construction for the OHSU School of Dentistry!

Our new facility is located on Portland’s South Waterfront in the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB). Beginning fall of 2014, all dental education, research, and patient care will move to South Waterfront.

The dental school portion of the 480,000 square foot CLSB building is a six-floor tower on the north side. We are calling our tower the Skourtes Tower after our major donors, Gene and Bonnie Skourtes. We are truly grateful to them and to our other major donors, ODS Health and Adec, Inc., as well as to the Oregon Dental Association, which has pledged $250,000 to the project. These gifts met the university challenge of raising $18 million before Aug. 1, 2011, to gain approval to construct the new building.

Whether or not you are a graduate from OHSU School of Dentistry, every one of you has a stake in our new facility because it represents the future of dentistry in Oregon. The new building will enable us to:

  • Teach students in a setting that reflects a modern dental practice, with private, modern 120-square foot operatories—more than twice the size we have now
  • Broaden services to patients including improved privacy, extended hours, and the latest technologies and procedures;
  • Train more dental professionals by increasing our entering class size to 90 from 75 and adding an advanced education in general dentistry program (AEGD);
  • Stimulate research and clinical innovation with the interdisciplinary nature of the building providing increased potential for collaborations and basic science instruction for all OHSU and OUS undergraduates in the same location.

With a number of Oregon dentists nearing retirement age, having the expertise at hand to care for a population with increasing dental needs will be essential and a new building to continue our strong tradition of clinical excellence is the first step toward this workforce gap. With technology changing continually and increasing what dentists need to know to care for their patients, a modern facility is critical.

I’m happy to report that construction on the new building is going fast and remains on schedule. Contractors have completed the final slab pours on level one and shored up level two to begin pours there. The school’s lobby has been poured, as well as the floor for the school’s classrooms, student locker rooms and logistics space. It has been inspiring to see the building go up and to take the initial walk-throughs with representatives from JE Dunn Construction.

We have $14 million more to raise for our $43 million fundraising goal and we invite you to join us as we create this legacy for all of us. Our moment is here!

For more information on the new building, go to and click on New Building. To make a gift, contact Development Director Patrick J. Regan, (503) 494-0980,


Here is what our new dental school building looks like as of late May. The left side of the photo is our new lobby!


Jack Clinton, D.M.D., is Dean Emeritus of the OHSU School of Dentistry. He is a 1964 graduate of the dental school and has held a variety of administrative roles there over the past 30 years, most recently as dean from 2004 to 2011.

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