Dental renovation helps small Kentucky businesses


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Renovation and expansion work at the UofL School of Dentistry means more than the training of additional dentists to help meet the dental needs of Kentuckians. Nearly 30 state businesses are involved with the project.

    “We are glad to have the work with UofL, it means a lot,” said Mark McCammish, president and CEO of McCammish Manufacturing.

    The company, located in Winchester and Columbia, is designing and installing much of the cabinetry on the project.

    The family owned business has its roots in 1948 Winchester, Ky., when McCammish’s father and grandfather started making residential countertops and cabinets.

    One of the lead installers at the company is Duncan McCammish, Mark’s son. He has been working to fit the casework in the oral surgery and radiology clinics. The oral surgery clinic is now fully operational with the radiology clinic expected to be in use by the end of March.

    “This is a practical way the university is helping small Kentucky businesses,” said John Sauk, dean of the School of Dentistry. “We have so many excellent businesses within the state that produce very high quality products and we are the beneficiary of their work.”

    The renovation project is on schedule, with completion of the project set for fall 2011. Construction is being done in phases and most areas will be occupied before the contract completion date. The project, managed by Messer Construction Co., will add more than 20,000 sq. feet and renovate another 200,000 sq. feet. The total project cost is estimated at $40 million.

    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.