Jordan Kobilca, DVM, of Door County Veterinary Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, always had the vision for his Midcentury modern hospital—just not the architect.
“It was over the course of a couple years before I was able to find the team and get that right look and be happy with it,” says Dr. Kobilca.
Well, teamwork finally made his dream work, and his hospital earned a Merit Award in the 2018 dvm360 Hospital Design Competition. Read on to see exactly why the judges, and clients and staff, are so smitten with this 4,100-square-foot clinic in the country.
1. Think outside of the square box.
Dr. Kobilca and his wife, Jennifer Kerley, DVM, wanted to build their second practice, Door County Veterinary Hospital, closer to their house. And they wanted to build a unique, yet functional facility because it often becomes their home away from home.
“I spend a lot of time at work—it’s more than a job—so I wanted [the new hospital] to be a place I liked,” Dr. Kobilca says. “Midcentury modern is a style that I have always enjoyed—it has clean lines and yet it’s fun.”
Dr. Kerley let her husband take the reins on the project, and he got to work, only to pump the brakes. The first two architects he tried working with just didn’t get it.
“They were just giving me square boxes, and not the look or feel that I wanted,” Dr. Kobilca says. “And then someone recommended a local residential and commercial builder and I hit it off with the architect. I showed him pictures of buildings I thought were neat and he came up with some great ideas. Some of them were out there, but I loved them. I wanted something unique.”
2. Open for treatment.
Dr. Kobilca’s favorite feature in the new hospital? The open treatment area, of course!
“Most treatment tables I’d seen had some kind of chase that went up to the ceiling and I did not want a bunch of columns in my treatment area,” Dr. Kobilca says. “So we had the T-shaped tables custom made.”
This design, which runs the water and electrical lines through the floor, allows an unobstructed view from the doctor’s office, as well as the laboratory area and exam rooms into the main treatment area and ICU recovery.
3. All about the organization.
If there’s one thing Dr. Kobilca learned from his first hospital, it was to build more storage.
“We practice out of 1,700 square feet at our other hospital and we’re hiding paper towels everywhere,” Dr. Kobilca says.
His new hospital is packed with storage that would make any type A team member swoon. For example, drawer dividers save the team from digging for caps, exam room benches double as secret storage units and raised counters allow room for crash carts.
“We maybe have too many cabinets in the new hospital but we wanted to make sure we had plenty of storage,” Dr. Kobilca says. “It doesn’t seem like you can ever have enough.”