Squeezing in more
Jun 01, 2006
VETERINARY HOSPITAL DESIGN
"I'm a detail-oriented, go-getter," says Dr. Jeff Hogans. "Building is extremely stressful, and there's a lot of headache involved—but I love it."
Dr. Hogans stayed involved at every step of the design process. He flew from Salinas to Albuquerque, N.M., twice to meet with his architect, and visited the site every single day during construction."Jeff knew the construction materials the builders were supposed to use, and he practically memorized the blueprints," says Dr. Loly Hogans. "Almost weekly he'd catch something that needed correction, and I'm thankful for his diligence. Catching problems and making changes early saved us a lot of money."
Today, the Hogans own their second award-winning 4,180-square-foot veterinary practice. The 2005 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition judges particularly praised the facility for its excellent floor plan and traffic flow and for an exciting interior.
Setting the stage
"The demographics are great, and we have a very loyal client following, so we were happy to find a lot so close to our former building," says Dr. Jeff Hogans. "We did face some challenges, however. The lot wasn't zoned for our particular use, and it only had right-in, right-out access, which wasn't ideal."
The Hogans hired a land-use attorney to help them win a zoning code amendment. They completed planned-unit development to get variances so they could squeeze the practice they wanted on the existing site. And they had to fight to get larger signage on the practice, something the commercial offices in the area aren't generally allowed. In the end, they got everything they wanted.
The next challenge? Squeezing a packed-with-features hospital onto a 10,000-square-foot site. "We built the largest building we could fit here and still offer the requisite 10 parking spots," says Dr. Jeff Hogans.
A tight squeeze