Best of break rooms

October 1, 2018
Wayne Usiak, AIA, NCARB
Wayne Usiak, AIA, NCARB

Wayne Usiak, AIA, is a senior partner of Wayne Usiak and Associates/BDA Architecture P.C. The firm has completed more than 500 small-, mixed-, and large-animal practices. Among the facilities are three Veterinary Economics Hospital of the Year Award winners. Usiak is a member of the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board.

Veterinary architect shares the features that teams love.

The veterinary clinic break room at its best is a haven to which the staff can escape to recharge during a hectic day. HospitalDesign360 speaker Wayne Usiak, AIA, says the best break rooms feature common comforts:

  • Windows or access to a shaded patio

  • Kitchen amenities such as a sink, dishwasher and microwave

  • A vending area

He also says there is value in keeping the space flexible. This can be achieved by installing proper fixtures and furnishings:

  • Multiple smaller tables, as opposed to one large surface. This lets you "reconfigure the room and use it for continuing education, staff training and staff meetings," Usiak says.

  • A movable partition or retractable wall

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Among these slices of home away from home, however, Usiak does caution against one thing:

"We've learned not to put lockers in break rooms because if something disappears from someone's locker, they'll assume someone went in that closed room when no one was around," he says.

Instead, he suggests placing personal lockers in hallways or other open areas.

Watch the video for more.

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