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Entering your veterinary practice into the dvm360 Hospital Design Competition is a bit laborious. Be sure to use your time wisely by avoiding these common mistakes.
It happens every year. As the dvm360® Hospital Design Competition judges page through the entries, a few will stand out—but for the wrong reasons. Something’s a little off, whether it’s the architectural and design information, the floor plan, or the photographs.
Unfinished or unclear entries can be the kiss of death for some hospitals. The judges need well-organized information to gain a sense of each hospital and its individual qualifications.
Here are the top mistakes we see each year—and tips for avoiding them.
Photographs of your new facility are 1 of the most important components of your entry. Our judges can’t visit each hospital, so your photos must serve as a virtual tour through your facility.
Unlabeled floor plans are a major no-no. Your hospital’s floor plan is one of the first things judges evaluate, and not including floor plan labels makes it nearly impossible for them to assess your facility accurately and fairly. Each version of your floor plan (traffic flow, HVAC zones, etc.) should include labels.
Floor plan labels may be easy to read on your computer screen, but are they legible on standard-sized paper? Always review your floor plan and make sure each label is clear and accurate before submitting your entry.
To enter the dvm360® Hospital Design Competition, your hospital must have been completed within the past 5 years. So, don’t feel rushed to enter as soon as you move into your facility. Allow your landscaping to flourish before taking exterior photographs. Finish any lingering design projects and hang art on the walls. Stock your pharmacy with the medications and supplies you use on a daily basis. You have plenty of time to enter, so put your best foot forward.
Your entry isn’t complete without a signed entry form, as well as signed license agreements from your architect and your photographer. Don’t risk disqualification—review the entry form and make sure you’ve completed all required documents before submitting your entry.