BOSTON – Shawmut broke ground on a 41,900 square-foot expansion and 53,100 square-foot renovation of Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine, located at 100 E. Newton Street in Boston.

In partnership with the university’s facilities and real estate planners, project manager Compass Project Management, and architect SmithGroupJJR, the team developed a phased renovation and expansion plan that will optimize use of the classroom and patient treatment spaces by the dental school during construction. The expansion will include office, instructional, clinical, and student collaborative spaces on seven existing levels, plus support spaces, and an entirely new 140-seat auditorium on the first floor. The interior renovation of the existing structure will reconfigure the layout of the patient and student/faculty entry, and clinical, classroom, and student spaces. Work on the building will continue without any interruption to classes.

“This project is a key step in Boston University’s mission to make the Goldman School of Dental Medicine a premier institution that promotes excellence in dental education,” said Les Hiscoe, CEO of Shawmut Design and Construction. “We’re honored to play an integral role in this project and Boston University’s evolving campus, helping them continue to attract top young minds and maintain a competitive edge within the higher education landscape.”

When completed, the construction will transform the building’s exterior, creating an attractive new façade that will not only allow more light into the building, but also fit well into the aesthetic of its Boston and medical campus neighborhoods. The renovated and expanded building will increase clinical space by more than 60 percent, making treatment environments more comfortable and flexible. The completed project will also offer students, residents, and patients areas to gather, reflect, and relax, including a student and resident lounge, a café, and collaborative study areas on the first floor.

“As we continue working on the renovation of Myles Standish Hall, we’re eager to be teaming up with Boston University again for yet another campus milestone,” said Kevin Sullivan, vice president at Shawmut. “Working on a live campus in an urban setting is always challenging, but our team has the experience and strategies in place to make this project as seamless as possible.”