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The University of Texas Health Science Center, Center for Oral Health Care & Research


Opened in 1972, the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Dentistry’s original building wasn’t equipped to accommodate the future technological advances in dental care. Designed to enhance the patient experience, the new Center for Oral Health Care & Research building affords students the best in oral health care education, providing hands-on training in a multi-specialty care atmosphere that closely reflects the real-world environment of dentistry. The center ensures the University’s ability to obtain and conduct clinical research and serve more patients with features including a dental surgery operating room, an overnight recovery area, and more than 400 dental chairs.

Zero/Six was contacted directly by The University of Texas System Office of Facilities Planning and Construction (OFPC) to evaluate the exterior envelope during the design and construction phases of the project. Our services included evaluation and recommendations on the foundation waterproofing, exterior walls, windows, curtain walls, and roofing systems selected by the Project Architect. The project required additional forensic investigation by Zero/Six for defects with the installation requirements by the roof manufacturer.  The Zero/Six team worked collaboratively with the Architect/Engineer team, Owner’s representatives and Contractor to ensure all issues were promptly addressed and resolved.

Additional Information

Client: University of Texas System

Location: San Antonio, Texas


  • Multiple Drawing Reviews at Design Development and Construction Document Phases
  • Onsite QA/QC and Reporting
  • Drafting of Recovery Details
  • Construction Services:
    • Performed final roof inspection.
    • Performed an infrared roof survey
  • Commissioning of the Building Envelope, including
    • Air Barrier testing per ASTM E1186
    • Roof Uplift testing per ASTM E907
    • Air Infiltration testing per ASTM E783
    • Water Infiltration per ASTM E1105

Markets: Higher Education

Project Scale:

  • Construction cost: $96.5 million
  • Four Level, 198,000 SF

Project Status: Completed 2015

Type of Construction: New Construction

Photo Credit: Patrick C. Lew (Senior Project Manager/Architect – UTHSC-San Antonio)


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