A janitor's closet has been converted to a shower room for use by UTSD faculty and staff. The shower is on the fifth floor, west end, beside the freight elevator.
The state-of-the-art facility The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston calls home now boasts another amenity – a shower room on the fifth floor for faculty and staff.
The room is a retrofitted janitor closet beside the west freight elevator and is officially designated as Room 5J01 (although as of June 28 there was no signage on the brown door). The room is designed to be used by one person at a time and has a curtained shower stall equipped with a fold-down bench. Other furnishings include three lockers, a chair and a mirror over a counter top with a two-plug electrical outlet. A bar for hanging up clothes is also in place.
The door locks from the inside and displays an "in use" message when turned. A key is available from Dean’s Office, Suite 6350, for emergencies.
For Ted Pate, DDS, PhD, MS, professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, the new shower room is a godsend. The avid cyclist used to bike to work four days a week from his home in Bellaire to the old Dental Branch Building.
But his three-decade habit of bicycling to work came to an abrupt halt last year when the school moved. Even in winter, the 35-minute, seven-mile ride can require a shower afterward, Pate said.
“I need a place to shower and change after I bike here in the morning, so I definitely appreciate the new room,” he said.
Pate resumed his bicycling as soon as the shower became available in late June.