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Pitt Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Open New Pavilion

WHAT: The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and School of Pharmacy are hosting a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Commons and Research Pavilion, a multi-year project consisting of a spacious research tower and welcoming atrium. The new facility is located across from the Petersen Events Center and behind Salk Hall, home to the dental and pharmacy schools.
The atrium features a coffee shop and showcases original art created by Pittsburgh artist and University of Pittsburgh emeritus professor Virgil Cantini. The new Research Pavilion has an impressive 40-chair conference room and provides an additional 36,000 square feet in dedicated laboratory space for the schools.
WHY: In 2009, the University of Pittsburgh and the Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy embarked on the historic opportunity to construct the Research Pavilion at Salk Hall, which was needed to accommodate research growth in both schools. The Pavilion will enhance student life and increase research capabilities.
• Patrick Gallagher, chancellor and chief executive officer of the University of Pittsburgh
• Arthur Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the health sciences
• Thomas W. Braun, D.M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Dental Medicine
• Patricia D. Kroboth, Ph.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy
• Scott Bernotas, associate vice chancellor for facilities management
• Students and alumni of the schools of dental medicine and pharmacy
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
Tours of the new facility will be held immediately following the ribbon cutting.
WHERE: The Pavilion at Salk Hall, Sutherland Drive Entrance, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15261. Valet parking will be available.
Note to Media: To cover the event, contact Courtney Caprara at 412-607-3564 or

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