Small-practice warmth; big-time convenience
Apr 01, 2006
HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT
They considered overhauling the old facility, but quickly realized it would They considered overhauling the old facility, but quickly realized it would cost too much to do everything they wanted to do. In the end, building a brand-new facility would give them a more perfect practice. Just one thing gave them pause.
One year later, the doctors say they still have room to grow into their building, clients love the changes, and they continue to add new services. As a bonus, Alexandria Veterinary Clinic PetCare Center was chosen as a 2006 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition Merit Award winner. Design competition judges lauded the practice for the high-quality appearance of the exterior and reception area, the use of a greeter station, the repeated log theme, and nice windows throughout for easy visual contact.
Early on, the owners chose three owners—Drs. Ledermann, Luckemeyer, and Christenson—and Renee Deitz, the practice manager, to lead a building committee. The committee met once a week over the course of the project to discuss their progress, make decisions, and figure out what steps to take next. The group took charge of hiring an architect, project manager, and interior designer, then acted as go-betweens for these professionals and the rest of the veterinary team.
"The committee made less-major decisions alone, and took larger decisions to the group to develop consensus," says co-owner Dr. Florian Ledermann. "We were lucky that the people we hired understood the process and the details so well, especially our designer, Mary Stedman, because six owners never could have agreed on such details without someone helping us see what was best for our practice. These people were fun to be around and that made the whole process much easier."