Animals deserve comfort as much as their owners do during a routine check-up. If you hope to offer boarding to give owners more flexibility with their busy schedules by allowing them to drop off their furry pals before work, you’ll need a cozy spot for those animals to stay.
The exam rooms should be just as accommodating–and easy to clean, as we know how pets can be.
Whether you hope to add to your vet practice or open one for the first time, you’ll need an experienced vet office contractor (like Norwest Contractors) who’ll make sure you have all the essentials and anything else you desire.
As you look around for Portland construction companies, we recommend asking a few key questions. Below, we’ll provide a list to help you start the conversation.
WHAT TO ASK YOUR VET OFFICE CONTRACTOR
Without further ado, here are a couple of the questions to ask your vet office contractor before signing the dotted line:
#1: HOW DOES THE VETERINARY CLINIC INTERIOR DESIGN PROCESS WORK?
Commercial construction projects can be long and stressful. However, a clear process can help set expectations and ensure you’re much happier with the end result.
Here at Norwest Contractors, we utilize a simple 2 ½ step approach to take your project from “smart to finish.” This includes:
- Step #1: Know Your Building
- Step #2: Design-to-Budget™
- Step #2 ½: DesignLab™ (an extension of step #2)
In the first phase, we’ll perform a “Know Your Building” evaluation that reviews the current location and anything that could impact your construction budget (and the number of animals you hope to have in the vet clinic at the same time). We’ll inspect the plumbing, wiring, and more.
At the end of the day, this can save you time, money, and headaches by knowing what needs to get fixed and allowing you to allocate the proper amount of funds toward the design of your new animal clinic. Knowing your building’s status allows us to provide you with an estimate for completing your project.
Then, we’ll help you design your vet office within your budget with our Design-to-Budget™ methodology. You can select everything you need to make your project happen without worrying about going over budget.
Our DesignLab™ will help you accomplish this goal. What is the DesignLab™, you ask? It’s one of the only commercial showrooms of its kind. You can see design elements in action and installed so that you can compare them and figure out what would benefit your vet office the most.
The DesignLab™ includes everything from finishes to fixtures, helping you envision your vet office’s completion before it even undergoes construction.
#2: HAVE YOU DESIGNED SIMILAR PROJECTS?
Nothing says a “job well done” like client reviews. Ask your construction team about their experience, including whether they’ve worked with similar-sized and designed vet offices.
Here at Norwest Contractors, we have an extensive vet office design portfolio throughout the Portland Metro area. This includes clients such as:
- Sunnyside Veterinary Hospital (Happy Valley, OR)
- Buckman Veterinary Clinic (Portland, OR)
- Pearl Animal Hospital (Portland, OR)
- Kenton Animal Hospital (Portland, OR)
- Woodburn Veterinary Clinic (Woodburn, OR)
- Heartfelt Vet Hospital (Portland, OR)
- Animal Dental Clinic (Lake Oswego, OR)
#3: CAN WE EXPAND MY EXISTING VETERINARY CLINIC WITHOUT AFFECTING BUSINESS?
Yes. It’s possible to add to your current vet practice. You will just need to make sure that you alert your staff and patients’ owners. Let all parties know how long construction will be going on, as well as if anything needs to be changed.
You should invite your staff to express their concerns and ask questions before construction begins. That will give you a chance to mitigate issues before they occur. Further, if you need to have certain pets make special arrangements when they come in due to getting scared easily, this is a great opportunity to come up with a game plan.
Depending on your specific construction needs, construction could take a few months. That can impact parking, occupancy, and more. Fortunately, the right veterinary clinic interior design company will work with you to minimize the impact on your business.
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If you need someone reliable who’s willing to go the extra mile to ensure your patients and employees are comfortable, you can’t go wrong with Norwest Contractors. Our vet office construction company offers multiple years of experience building and expanding on animal clinics just like yours. Get in touch with our team today.
Never used veterinary design services before? See our Portfolio for a little inspiration.
And don’t forget to read our related blogs:
- What Should You Look for in Veterinary Construction Contractors?
- The Perfect Veterinary Construction Checklist
- Construction and Remodeling Challenges for Veterinary Clinics
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