The Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), which has headquarters in Springfield, IL, will move approximately four miles west to a building that was available for sale at 3100 Montvale Drive. In purchasing the building, ISDS assumed a lease that is in place with a tenant, which expires after October 2023. Following some light upgrades, ISDS staff is anticipated to occupy the building in late 2023 or early 2024.
“For the past several years, the Illinois State Dental Society Board of Trustees has been evaluating options regarding needed renovations and updates for our current office building. In addition, the current location has declined over time, and the safety of our staff is in question. After all options were explored and evaluated; the Board decided to look for a different office building. The Board had an opportunity to view the new building in person before deciding on approving the purchase of the building,” said Dr. Stacey Van Scoyoc, ISDS President.
Symbolically, the new building will serve as a physical depiction of the new direction ISDS has been going as an organization in looking to the future and staying relevant with the times.
“Our current headquarters building has served us well in the past. However, upgrades and expensive maintenance will be needed for the building’s future utilization. Acquiring a new space that better meets the needs of the Illinois State Dental Society also makes financial sense,” said Dr. Ken Rawson, ISDS President-Elect.
The overall operating costs of the new location are estimated to save ISDS at least $10,000 annually. Recently, ISDS sold five vacant lots near the current headquarters building, and once the existing building sells, there will likely be nominal to no difference in total dollars to upgrade to the new location. Due to the prudent evaluation of various building options and final relocation decision, ISDS members will not experience a dues increase or special assessment from the relocation of buildings.
The new location is very accessible from a travel standpoint with quick access from highways 55 & 72. The ISDS Board of Trustees looks forward to the future and using the new location to continue advancing its mission statement of “ensuring the professional success of our members and optimizing the oral health of Illinois citizens through education, legislation, and communication.”