Air Force Opens Dental School; Contractor Selected to Build Helotes Walmart

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor The U.S. Air Force opened a $38 million dental school in San Antonio. The dental school and clinic consists of 56,000 square feet of space and has 69 treatment rooms, 5,400 square feet of lab space and 125 assigned personnel, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The San Antonio Business [...]

The U.S. Air Force opened a $38 million dental school in San Antonio.

The dental school and clinic consists of 56,000 square feet of space and has 69 treatment rooms, 5,400 square feet of lab space and 125 assigned personnel, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The San Antonio Business Journal reported that the facility is replacing the aging MacKown Dental Clinic and will house the Air Force’s Maxillofacial Prosthetics Fellowship program, which allows technicians to create facial prosthetics to help wounded soldiers with burns and injuries. It offers six residency programs and two fellowship programs that can train 74 dentists at a time.

The Air Force Postgraduate Dental School is part of the 59th Dental Group — the largest dental service in the military. The service treated more than 126,000 patients last year at clinics at local military bases and at San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Meanwhile, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. was selected to build a 159,000-square-foot Supercenter Walmart in Helotes. The San Antonio Business Journal reported that the design services for the $10 million project were provided by architectural firm Scott & Goble.

The store is being constructed on a wooded 18-acre site and will feature more trees, less signage and architecture in keeping with Helotes, such as a brown limestone exterior and metal roof canopies, according to Texas Business. The construction work is proceeding under an accelerated schedule, with the facility scheduled to open early next year.

S&P and Walmart have an important collaboration, with S&P having built and renovated more than 30 Supercenters. S&P’s projects for Walmart exceed $250 million and comprise more than 6 million square feet of space.

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