Today's Veterinary Business

FEB 2018

Today’s Veterinary Business provides information and resources designed to help veterinarians and office management improve the financial performance of their practices, allowing them to increase the level of patient care and client service.

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16 Today's Veterinary Business Business Business CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM So, you're ready to build the veterinary hospital of your dreams or make the upgrades you've been mulling for years. Congratulations! Now the big question: How do you get started? By Paul Gladysz, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ICC Know what you want in a veterinary hospital, understand what you can actually afford, do your research before you hire a builder, and then show disciplined involvement. It all begins with an objective vision, a subjective dream, and a practical and viable plan. Any con- struction endeavor is a game of risk management. Many variables come into play; some are controllable, others are not. With the exception of tract housing, every building is a prototype — the first time the exact plan has been executed in your specific climate and setting. After almost 900 projects spanning 30 years, my employer has yet to duplicate a design. The perfect vision in your mind may be desired, but the manifesta- tion of specific details may be unre- alistic. How to balance the two? Choose Your All-Stars Begin by assembling a good team. It should include: • A real estate agent, if you are building from scratch. • Financial lenders. • Legal advisers who are up to date on zoning procedures. • An architect and engineers with whom you are able to clearly communicate your intentions and vision. They, in It does not serve you or your team if you do not reconcile the scope of what you want with the actual budget before the design starts. A successful building project starts with you

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