Dr. Torre and Dr. Mankowski came to us to expand their existing 24/7 Animal Hospital by 18,000 sq ft. With a practice of about 40 doctors and a support team of 150 people, the thought of expanding and renovating into a new 25,000 sq ft. facility was very exciting. We designed 14 additional exam rooms for a total of 23, four new surgeries for a total of 6. We expanded the lobby for additional seating for their clients, while also adding a wall of plants above a 385-gallon freshwater aquarium. We designed the lobby around their existing eye-catching indoor rain-forest tree with a turtle pond at the bottom. We helped make the hospital more accessible by adding additional parking and an elevator, allowing clients and staff easy access to the hospital's second floor. Mount Laurel was a huge project that began construction in one of the wettest summers in New Jersey, all while continuing to take clients. It’s been a long, complicated process but the final product is definitely worth it.
Dr. McLahan gave me the opportunity to take part of restoring an abandoned neoclassical bank into a functioning Veterinary Hospital and Boarding Facility – and eventually expanding the upstairs into a daycare or cats only space. Previously, he was working within other’s practices, and it has been such a treat to help him start his new venture. There were definitely challenges and changes throughout the process that were difficult to plan for, but the flexibility, thoughtfulness, and creativity that my office and the contractor displayed made it feel minimal.
Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary Upper Freehold, NJ
Preliminary Design by Jackson Ryan Architects
Originally, Doreen was working with an Architecture Firm out of Texas. She brought us in to tweak the plans and do the contract documents. Working with someone local made the experience less stressful for her being able to have face to face meetings during the final design process. We were easily able to do site visits and check-ins during the construction process. Being able to be there on site, at meetings, etc. makes the whole process run smoother, and less likely for any miscommunications or misunderstandings. Now Doreen has a fully functioning Senior Dog Sanctuary providing individual living spaces for up to 40 dogs, a full size swimming pool a free roaming multi-purpose room for dogs, several smaller lounges for dogs, fenced-in outdoor activity areas, grooming/bathing areas, laundry room, pantry, storage space, a treatment room where resident dogs can receive simple medical care, short-term isolation rooms for dogs with health concerns, office space, conference and lounge spaces for staff, volunteers and visitors, and 25-plus acres of wooded walking trails providing these dogs with endless love and care for the rest of their lives.
Award Winner: Specialty and Referral Hospital - 2012 DVM 360 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Award
NorthStar VETS Satellite Hospital Maple Shade, NJ
The main design goal with NorthStar VETS Satellite Hospital was to carry over the same principles from the main hospital that we designed several years ago. The challenge was to squeeze the same flow and functionality of the main hospital into an existing building that is one fifth its size. The existing building, previously a mattress store, only consisted of 4 exterior walls, a flat roof and an exterior stucco finish. It is not a particularly interesting looking building, so the inside really had to sparkle. A clean, sophisticated look was achieved for the interior while maintaining the visuals of the NorthStar brand. The design has excellent client/patient circulation and a comfortable friendly colorful environment. Flow between working areas of the hospital were the primary focus - including exam rooms, work stations, treatment, surgery, radiology and recovery. Doctor and patient circulation were well thought out and organized with the ultimate goal of cleanliness and efficiency. Clear goals and communication between our firm, the interior designer and the owner were essential to that process. The obstacle of size was overcome by reducing all rooms to a comfortable minimum without feeling cramped. The flow and visibility from one space to another is provided by strategically placed interior windows and works well to provide a more open feel. Our practice philosophy is clean, efficient, sophisticated yet uncomplicated hospital design with a special sparkle that sets the hospital apart from typical design work. My interior design consultant, Robin Maute, and our firm work well together as neither of us is looking for a fashion statement that is trendy today and gone tomorrow.
Merit Award Winner - 2017 DVM 360 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Award