Staff picks: Top 10 reception areas

Here's a look at our favorite features from the reception areas in this year's Hospital Design Competition entries.
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Apr 19, 2011
By dvm360.com staff

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Each year, the editors at Veterinary Economics get an up-close look at some of the best in veterinary hospital design. And each year, we’re amazed at the combination of beauty and functionality found in the Hospital Design Competition entries. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite features found in the reception areas of the 2011 entries.

Best Overall Reception Area
Cleveland Park Animal Hospital
Greenville, SC

Veterinary hospital reception area

We love the tall ceilings, rustic woodwork, and rich colors. And the stone wall behind the reception desk is gorgeous and provides a great spot for displaying the practice’s logo.

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Best Reception Desk
North Fork Veterinary Clinic
Auburn, CA

Veterinary hospital reception area

The combination of wood and stone gives this reception desk a unique look, and the varying counter heights help show clients where to stand.

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Best Modern Look
Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
Tucson, AZ

Veterinary hospital reception area

A sleek reception desk, cool colors, and contemporary signage give this reception area a stylish vibe.

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Best Urban Look
Worth Street Veterinary Center
New York, NY

Veterinary hospital reception area

Exposed brick and industrial lighting make it clear that you’re in the heart of New York City. A smartly designed reception desk makes the most of a small space.

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Best Rural Look
Osage Animal Hospital
Osage Beach, MO

Veterinary hospital reception area

The practice’s slogan reads, “Modern medicine, down-home care,” and the reception area certainly reflects that.

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Best Details
Rose-Rich Veterinary Clinic
Richmond, TX

Veterinary hospital reception area

From a hand-painted sky mural to Mexican Talavera tile accents to custom ironwork in the doors, there’s more than meets the eye in this reception area.

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Best Use of Materials
Winslow Animal Hospital
Sicklerville, NJ

Veterinary hospital reception area

A flooring pattern leads clients to the greeter’s station, where clients enjoy quartz countertops. A variety of lighting is used—both functional and decorative—and glass block windows provide visual pizzazz.

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Best Use of Stone
Animal Medical Center of Forney
Forney, TX

Veterinary hospital reception area

Metal leashes and energetic dogs pose no risk to the front of this reception desk, which is covered in Austin stone.

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Best Aquarium
All Valley Animal Care Center
Meridan, ID

Veterinary hospital reception area

Wood trim surrounds this beautiful aquarium, which gives clients a welcome distraction while they wait.

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Best Shelving
Gentle Care Animal Hospital
Forest, VA

Veterinary hospital reception area

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter, and that’s certainly the case in this reception area, where cherry shelving is incorporated into the reception desk and seating areas.