Morningside Animal Hospital took its exterior design notes from the city’s design standards, which include steep, standing-seam metal roofs with dormers, broad eaves, porticos, classic columns, expansive porches, covered loggias, tall vertical windows with Bahama shutters and pastel colors. To make the new building fit on the site of the old building, the doctors expanded upwards, giving them a bonus second story for a break room, cat condos and offices.
Staff members often jog or bicycle to work at Morningside Animal Hospital in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., knowing there’s a rack to safely stow their bikes upon arrival. A second-story break room, complete with a shower and changing room, gives them a chance to freshen up before their shift starts. A fully equipped kitchen encourages healthy eating. And to reduce stress after a long day, they can step onto the balcony and feel the cool Florida breeze.
Obviously, co-owners Drs. Jennifer DiTrapani-Gimbal and Nathan Gimbal, take the health of their staff members seriously—just as they do the health of their patients.
“We were looking to take care of everyone’s needs here,” says Dr. DiTrapani-Gimbal. “Being healthy and eco-friendly is an interest of ours in our daily life, and it spilled over into our hospital design. We felt that our design decisions would improve everyone’s quality of life, from including work-friendly surfaces that are easy to clean, to a floor plan that is easy to navigate and facilities that make working fun and safe.”
Morningside Animal Hospital was built within inches of a former facility, using every square inch of space, before razing the old building. The hospital used eco-friendly materials, such as low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints. Landscaping decisions were made based on local greenery that can withstand the climate, support birds and wildlife and beautify the local environment. In addition, the doctors introduced recycling protocols and efforts to reduce paper use to round off their commitment to the health of staff members, clients, patients and the environment.
And since Port Saint Lucie is a coastal-living area with an emphasis on outdoor activities (especially with pets), it’s only fitting that Morningside Animal Hospital has taken on this community-minded approach to veterinary medicine.
Veterinary clinic design affects the health and happiness of patients, clients, doctors and team members. Ask yourself whether you can lessen your clinic’s impact on the environment or people’s and patients’ health with your hospital’s design.
Photography credit: Thomas Winter, Thomas Winter Photography