State-of-the-art dentistry building opened

University of Otago vice-chancellor Harlene Hayne opens the new Dental Clinical Services building in Dunedin yesterday.

The building was the largest and most technologically advanced dental school in the world, she told those gathered for the opening ceremony.

''We have been on a bit of a journey for several years.''

Photo: Peter McIntosh
Photo: Peter McIntosh
University chancellor Royden Somerville said the opening was a wonderful occasion.

''The status and fine reputation of our Faculty of Dentistry is enhanced with the opening of this splendid national facility.''

The new building is set to replace the Walsh building as the primary care unit and teaching clinic.

The Walsh building is to be refurbished to house research facilities.

The total cost of the project was about $136million.

A time capsule and memorial stone plaque were placed to mark the occasion.

-By Samuel Rillstone

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