Mark Hafen owns smaller can be better, a veterinary design firm. He is a past partner with the design firm Animal Arts.
4 ways to a smaller hospital
Is bigger always better? I don't think so. With size come building and maintenance expensesforever. Look at what you need in your new veterinary clinic, plan accordingly and get creative.
Two veterinary hospitals that prove the industry has changed
General vs. specialty, corporate vs. private, large vs. small-these hospitals represent two very different directions you could take when building your new practice.
Why "Hanging With Hafen"?
A treasure trove of veterinary architecture wisdom is a click away.
New veterinary project? 18 things you should never do
I usually don't do spays or neuters on my own pets, so you shouldn't consider designing your own hospital. Here are more veterinary design don'ts.
Hanging With Hafen: Inspiration to do it all better
Come along for the ride with me as I take things out of context, distort the facts and manipulate the verbiage to make your new veterinary hospital as successful as possible.
Hanging with Hafen: 10 features to push for in your hospital
In order to push the envelope in veterinary hospital design, sometimes you have to be a little high maintenance.
Hanging with Hafen: Shaping up your veterinary hospital's design
Learn the pros and cons to boxy vs. L-shaped designs, and discover the best shape for your veterinary hospital.
Hanging with Hafen: Find a veterinary hospital that's just right
Many veterinary hospitals will be too big or too small. Keep trying until you find the perfect fit.
Hanging with Hafen: 4 veterinary design lessons for 2013
Sometimes clarity hits you when you're not at work. Mark Hafen, AIA, came back from vacation with realizations that will help him design even better hospitals in the new year.
Hanging with Hafen: Now's the time to assess opportunities for practice growth
Consider these economic indicators when thinking about remodeling, expanding, or building a new veterinary practice.
Hanging with Hafen: Making the most of a lease space practice
Here's how to maximize your square footage and your dollars in a leasehold facility.
The hard facts of evidence-based veterinary hospital design
Statistical analysis across many industries shows the benefits of letting nature in.
Hanging with Hafen: A look back at veterinary cage designs
Here's a look at how caging and caging needs have changed over the years.
Hanging with Hafen: Do veterinary boarding, grooming and retail right
Here are some examples of stellar veterinary facilities that built the most effective way.
Hanging with Hafen: The right space at the right time
No matter what stage of your career you're in, your veterinary facility should always be top of mind.
Hanging with Hafen: Thoroughly understand the decision to build a new practice
To "grok" means to fully understand something. Before you head into the process of building a new veterinary practice, grok it.
Hanging with Hafen: Last but not least
Here's a look back at the best of the best hospital design winners.
Hanging with Hafen: Designing to Japan and back
Designing veterinary facilities has taken me around the world-literally.
Hanging with Hafen: 10 award-winning veterinary hospitals revisited
Fasten your seatbelt and hang on to your hat-we're going back in time to trace the evolution of our Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Award winners, courtesy of the Animal Arts archives.
Hanging with Hafen: Learn lessons from Los Angeles architecture
Often veterinary architects struggle to balance form and function. It took a trip to the West Coast for me to realize we should go back to our roots and focus on designing what works.
Hanging with Hafen: How moisture can ruin your floors
Avoid a construction disaster by taking the proper precautions when laying flooring on top of your concrete slab.
Hanging with Hafen: 3 things veterinarians can learn from the retail world
Sometimes it helps to take a step back and look at the trends in other industries. Here's how retail design can be applied to your building project.
Hanging with Hafen: When it comes to your building, bigger isn't always better
Sometimes, a small, simple veterinary facility is more effective than a mega-hospital. Here's a look at how one practice owner made the most of his space.
Hanging with Hafen: Could concierge service work in your veterinary hospital?
If you're willing to try something new to bond with your clients and provide more personal service to your patients, concierge care could be the answer.
Hanging with Hafen: How to design for more "dog time"
Are you and your team members spending too much time away from patients? Here are a few tips for building a more efficient facility.
Mark Hafen's Complete Guide to Building Your Veterinary Hospital
Don't make another decision about your building project until you view this comprehensive video series. From the initial planning to the grand opening, veterinary architect Mark Hafen, AIA, has you covered.
The tricks to designing your treatment area
Reception areas and exam rooms get all the glory in veterinary practice design, but the treatment area is the real key to caring for your patients. Here's how to design an efficient space for you and your team.
Hanging with Hafen: 3 tips for designing an efficient facility
Bigger isn't always better. While American veterinary practices have grown in size over the last few decades, international hospitals have remained more modest. Here's how to take a cue from your overseas counterparts and make the most of a small space.
Hanging with Hafen: How to save money at tax time
If you have the right accountant, you can use depreciation laws to your financial benefit.
Hanging with Hafen: The beginner's guide to flooring
It's the most-asked question in veterinary hospital design: "What kind of flooring should I use?" Here's a guide to outfitting the floors throughout your hospital.
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