New Pediatric and Special Needs Clinic

The School of Dental Medicine is beginning construction in June 2000 of a new Pediatric and Special Needs Clinic, to be located on the ground floor of the School's main building. "The goal of the project is to develop a modern clinic facility that will better serve healthy children requiring primary and emergency dental care, as well as that segment of the population with special needs," says Dr. Mark Helpin, associate professor and chair, department of pediatric dentistry.

According to Dr. Helpin, the design, size and location of the new clinic will enhance the quality and scope of care that can be provided at the School. The clinic will feature ten dental operatories (including four closed operatories); a dental radiographic facility for panoramic radiology; a recovery room for sedation; a lab/dispensing room; a patient education/conference room; faculty and staff offices; a reception and waiting room; and a dentists'/nurses' station. Other features of the new facility include complete wheelchair access, a private area to meet with patients and parents and a waiting room designed to be sensitive to children. It will also be equipped to handle procedures requiring sedation.

The Philadelphia-based firm of Paul Steege & Associates has been selected as the project architect for the clinic. The project is scheduled for completion this November.

Steam Pipe Incident at Museum

At about 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, an underground steam pipe burst beneath the sidewalk outside the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Outside on the sidewalk vent, hot steam, accompanied by an explosive sound, was sent skyrocketing into the air. Steam continued to pour out until the University's facilities management was able to shut it off at its source (about 20 minutes). Steam filled the Museum's archives, where humidity reached 100% and the temperature went over 110 degrees (as indicated on archives recording equipment). Two high windows were purposely broken to allow the damaging steam to exit the building. At the same time, a pipe burst inside a Museum basement storeroom.

The Museum's fire/safety alarm rang, and the Museum was evacuated and closed to the public for the remainder of the day. Museum staff worked quickly to dry out the archives, where minimal damage was reported. In the basement storeroom, where a steam pipe burst caused extreme heat and pressurized steam to fill the space, more than a dozen older computers sustained permanent warp damage. Museum staff worked to clean up water damage and relocate Asian collection artifacts that were in the room, beginning with the more fragile organic materials, to other dryer parts of the building. Some artifacts have sustained damage; a complete assessment will take time.

Penn Perspective: June 6-8

The Penn Perspective is an Institute for administrators and department chairpersons sponsored by Learning and Education, Division of Human Resources. Reminder: the deadline for registration for this year's Penn Perspective is April 28, 2000. Visit our web site at www.hr.upenn.edu/trainreg/ for more information and to register online.

The Penn Perspective offers participants a broad understanding of the University's structure, mission, and the challenges facing Penn. The cost is $200 which includes tuition, materials, and refreshments. For further information, please call (215) 898-3400.

-- Division of Human Resources

Blood Drive: April 19

On Wednesday, April 19, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Veranda, the University and the African American Resource Center will sponsor a Blood Drive. For an appointment contact Jack Lewis at (215) 898-0104. Please bring some form of identification. 

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Corrections: The article in last week's issue about the Museum's April 14 groundbreaking for the Mainwaring Wing, should have listed both Bruce, C '47, and Margaret Mainwaring, Ed '47, H '85, as trustees emeriti. The accompanying piece on the upcoming exhibit, 44 Celebrity Eyes in a Museum Storeroom, should have listed architect Denise Scott-Brown's Penn degrees, GCP '60, GAR '65, HON '94, which were inadvertently omitted. We regret the omissions.


Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 28, April 11, 2000