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Reap the benefits of remodeling (Proceedings)


In some practice situations building a new facility is not an option, or in some cases is not even desired.

Renovation Reality

In some practice situations building a new facility is not an option, or in some cases is not even desired. Often you will find that the more desirable hospital locations in a city have little available land on which to build. Sometimes existing buildings in an established area of a town can be interesting esthetically or may exist in a location where you prefer to practice.

The following are examples of items that should be considered before starting a renovation or addition project:

Zoning – City or county zoning ordinances can be very restrictive in established locations.

Parking – The number of existing parking spaces or room on the site for new parking spaces may be insufficient for your needs or city ordinance.

The Existing Building – The existing building and site will have a great effect upon the design of the remodeled hospital building. The fixed building structure and it's method of construction can make changes difficult and/or costly.

Existing Interior Building Features - Interior walls and columns can limit interior layout and floor plan efficiency.

Existing Building Materials – Existing building materials or finishes may not be attractive or "in style". These existing materials may not be appropriate or durable enough for animal hospital use.

ADA – Meeting current accessibility requirements may be too restrictive or costly.

Historic or Special Interest Designations – Restrictions to modifying buildings with historic designations or buildings located within special protected districts can be a significant design and cost factor.

Mechanical Systems – Existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems may be substandard or may not meet the needs of a modern animal facility.

Financial Realities – When comparing square foot costs, a remodeled or renovated building may actually cost more than a new building of equal size. Consider the time of construction and time a building being remodeled can not be used or occupied.

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