Hospital Design

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Customer & Staff Engagement and Experience Design

Explore the emerging “experience economy” and its potential to engage customers and staff in personal and memorable ways. Learn the principles of creating experiences that benefit your practice and business. Discover the essence of experience staging and how these concepts are benefiting highly regarded businesses. Begin to think about your specific applications and potentials.This course was originally presented as a session at AAHA Nashville 2017.Created and produced by VetFolio with...

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Controlling Disease and Eliminating Odor by Design

chapter-141 Eliminating odor is a threefold approach including the mechanical system, sanitary drainage, and cleaning operations. Unfortunately most practice managers, design professionals, and some vendors view these three aspects as separate. You must solve all three of these problems together in order to produce an odor-free environment. The mechanical systems must be designed specifically for veterinary use. The design of mechanical systems for animal care is an application of...

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Biological Risk Management for Veterinarians

chapter-143 Biological risk management (BRM) is the methodology used to minimize the risk of the spread of disease within an animal facility. BRM relates to both operations and design. In a veterinary hospital, BRM relates to cleaning protocols, traffic flow, and to building materials and systems. Ultimately, the study of BRM and its incorporation into the design process allows veterinary practices to build and maintain cleaner, healthier, and safer facilities. THE BASICS To...

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Site Selection, Landscaping, and Exteriors in a Veterinary Building Project

It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of selecting the best location for the construction of a new animal hospital. The most accomplished veterinarian practicing in a new state-of-the-art facility will risk insecure times or even professional and financial failure in the wrong location. While important, site selection and design isn’t a mysterious science. Common sense decisions combined with pertinent information will lead to the selection of the correct building site. SITE SELECTION...

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The Impact of Generation Y and How it is Changing the Shape of Veterinary Hospital Design

On Monday, October 15, 2007, the nation’s first Baby Boomer filed for her Social Security retirement benefits. This was a huge demographic milestone, as it kicked off the “silver tsunami” of 80 million Baby Boomers who are entering retirement age. As Gen X and Gen Y become the primary consumers of goods and services, your role as a veterinarian will change and your way of doing business will radically shift. According to market trends, an extended retail slump of about 15 years is expected...

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Controlling Noise and Eliminating Odor By Design

Noise control and odor mitigation are the two most frequent problems that we address in remediation design. Surprisingly both of these problems can be solved with some attention during design, but seldom are. CONTROLLING NOISE IN VETERINARY ANIMAL CARE FACILITIES Noise in animal care facilities remains one of the greatest concerns of animal care facility owners and neighboring property owners alike. As veterinarians add kenneling and other animal care services to their practices,...

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Design Details That Make A Difference

Before an architect can begin the process necessary to design and construct your new veterinary facility it is essential that you, the practice owner, establish goals for both your veterinary practice and building project. These critical decisions will guide the designer in planning the structure that will serve as your hospital for many future years. Remember this is a time to decide how you want to practice veterinary medicine in the future, not a recounting of how you have practiced in the...

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Getting Your Money's Worth During Construction

Eventually, most animal care professionals want to buy or build their own facilities. Veterinary work requires a highly specialized building. The commitment is long term and typically requires facilities that are too specific to be met by rental properties and prototypical development spaces. EXISTING VS. NEW CONSTRUCTION New Construction New construction gives you the most freedom with design. This can help to maximize the operational value of the property. However, the...

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Material Choices for Your Hospital

Interior finishes comprise one of the most difficult and controversial areas of hospital design and construction. Flooring is the most controversial of all the finishes, and every veterinarian has a horror story to tell about one or another. We will present the full list of flooring finishes to consider on your project, limitations they may have that we are aware of, the relative cost of specific products, and manufacturers we have found success with. While these materials are proven...

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Building Material, Finishes, and Flooring Considerations in Veterinary Buildings

Building materials, finishes, and flooring are really the domain of the architect; however, many of these selections affect the engineering of the building systems. FLOORING AND ODOR CONTROL The plumbing and mechanical engineering are reduced in intensity if surfaces are highly visible, impervious, and avoid any gaps or cracks. For this reason, sealed floors with integral perimeter coves, such as poured epoxy flooring, is ideal. Porcelain tile should be installed with epoxy grout...

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