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Veterinary Construction: Your 4 Part Checklist

If you are planning veterinary construction in Portland or elsewhere in a major city, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog. At Norwest Construction, veterinary construction is one of our specialties. We have an extensive portfolio of newly built veterinary clinics, along with build-outs and remodels that always exceeded client expectations.

With decades of experience under our belts, we have a wealth of knowledge to share about the build-out process — especially when it comes to veterinary clinic construction.

In this article, we’re breaking down the most important tasks and considerations that vet clinic owners and their contractors need to keep in mind as they move forward with their veterinary construction. Keep reading to learn more and ensure you are fully prepared to dive into your veterinary construction headfirst with a detailed plan and roadmap.

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The Essential Checklist for Veterinary Construction

This essential checklist breaks down the top four factors of veterinary construction that are most important. The items under each factor will keep you organized and help you focus your thoughts on what needs to be planned out properly.

Here are the four considerations we’ll go over in detail to ensure your veterinary construction in Portland or elsewhere goes smoothly:

  • 1 – Location
  • 2 – Budget & Costs
  • 3 – Employee Notification
  • 4 – Client Notification

1 – Location

The first of many decisions involving your veterinary construction will relate to the location itself. Here are some questions and considerations you will need to keep in mind as your project gets started:

  • Do you have the necessary permits to build on your preferred location?
  • Is parking limited by your location? If so, where will the best place be for contractors and builders to park?
  • Will your location remain open during construction? If so, will patients need to be directed through a different entryway for safety purposes?
  • Have you notified your neighbors of the potential noise and interruptions that may occur?
  • Are there any challenges unique to the location or property that will require planning ahead of time?

2 – Budget & Costs

You’ve probably already thought long and hard about your veterinary construction budget, costs of materials, and other factors. The checklist below will help you identify any blind spots you may still have in your budget and if you need to seek out additional support or resources.

  • Have you factored in mistakes, mishaps, and unexpected expenses into your budget?
  • Will you need to pay for a storage unit to house materials or equipment during construction?
  • Have you consider the potential loss of revenue if you must close your clinic during remodeling or relocation?
  • Have you budgeted for potential loss of time, setbacks, or delays?
  • Are you working with a team that can help you balance costs with high-quality, long-lasting materials?

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3 – Employee Notification

If your veterinary construction involves relocation or remodel, you will inevitably need to inform your staff of the new changes ahead. Keep the following considerations in mind to make sure your staff is informed throughout the construction process.

  • If you have an official start date for construction, have you informed your staff?
  • Have you explained the timeline and potential for delays to your staff?
  • Have you established a protocol with your staff for how to navigate dealing with animals, people, and construction all at the same time?
  • Do your employees have any concerns about veterinary construction? And if so, have you addressed them?

4 – Client Notification

Lastly, you will need to ensure your clients are aware of the construction. Be sure to notify your clients as soon as you have a set date for construction. The earlier, the better!

  • Have you notified your clients through multiple different methods? Such as email, text messages, letters, door postings, etc?
  • Will clients need to do anything differently upon arrival as you undergo veterinary construction?
  • Are there certain clients with pets that are easily spooked that may need special accommodations when they arrive for their appointments?
  • If clients are not comfortable bringing their pets to your location during construction, is there another vet you are willing to refer them to?
  • Do you have a “go-to” person that can handle any client issues, complaints, or concerns that arise during the construction process?

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Start Your Veterinary Construction | Portland, OR

Veterinary construction in Portland is our specialty! Check out some of our past projects on our Portfolio page to take a look at other veterinary construction projects we have completed in the past.

For veterinary construction in Portland and elsewhere in the Willamette Valley, no other contractor compares to Norwest. Through every step of the design and construction process, we help bring your vision to life with expertise, creativity, and skill.

Our one-of-a-kind DesignLab is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Here, you can see materials, textures, and design features all in one place. With help from our architects and designers, you can brainstorm the future of your veterinary construction with all of the design materials right at your fingertips. To enjoy expert assistance from our team at Norwest, ask about how you can visit our DesignLab and start bringing your dreams to life.

From more great resources from Norwest, check out these blog posts below:

Construction and Remodeling Challenges for Veterinary Clinics
Being A General Construction Contractor In Portland
Find the Right Contractor for Your Construction Project

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