2013 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design People's Choice Award winner: Melrose Animal Clinic

2013 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design People's Choice Award winner: Melrose Animal Clinic

Twenty-seven practices entered the 2013 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition—you picked your favorite.
Apr 11, 2013
By dvm360.com staff
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The people have spoken! Meet the 2013 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design People's Choice Award Winner: Melrose Animal Clinic in Melrose, Mass.

Using warm colors, comfortable client seating, and top-shelf finishes, the practice’s owner Dr. Stewart Silverman wanted to design a welcoming atmosphere that big-box competitors and online pharmacies couldn't compete with.

“Our goal was to create a new facility that fostered development of a real and lasting bond with our clients emphasizing quality, compassion and the enhancement of the client experience,” he says.

The exam rooms are set up so the doctors never have to turn their back to the client—even when they’re using the computer. The Melrose team was also determined to keep overhead costs at a manageable level and avoid taking on a large debt load. Retail space was virtually eliminated in favor of utilizing the space for clinical or client interaction purposes, Dr. Stewart says.

Located seven miles from Boston, in the heart of downtown Melrose, Dr. Stewart decided it would be best to keep the clinic's ideal location and go with a practice remodel. His small—but efficient—1,817 square-foot practice grew from a two-exam room facility into a full-service, four-exam room hospital.

"It's like the cabin on a boat," says the clinic's veterinary architect of Animal Arts Design in Bolder, Colo. "No space is wasted, and all the parts and pieces are arranged in a way that maximizes useable space and ensures a comfortable flow."

Curious why People’s Choice voters fell in love with Melrose Animal Clinic? Check out the kudos that rolled in with the votes below:

“In today’s world of out of control cost escalation, there’s a lot to love about a $500k clinic.”

“Bright design complements function—this is a cleanly laid out veterinary hospital.”

“The waiting room is soothing to both animals and their guardians. Most exam rooms have natural light. It’s an excellent design.”

“Melrose’s new design and layout is both very functional and aesthetically appealing.”

Want to review the specs and photos of all this year’s 28 entries? Press here for the full list.

Melrose Animal Clinic, Melrose, Mass.
Owner: Dr. Stewart Silverman
Associates: 3 full-time, 1 part-time
Exam rooms: 4
Cost/sq. ft.: $189.24
Total cost: $533,718.69
Building cost: $425,025.97 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 2,540
Structure type: Leasehold alteration

Veterinary hospital exterior

Veterinary hospital reception area

Veterinary hospital exam room

Veterinary hospital treatment room

Veterinary hospital kennel/ward

Veterinary hospital surgery suite

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Floor plan


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