smarter design services

What I can do for you:

I will work with you to develop a design for a veterinary clinic built around what you specifically want, need and can afford. That design will be given to you in the form of a Schematic Floor Plan.  The Schematics will lay out how your proposed clinic works and flows.

The Schematic Floor Plan will set forth the overall organization and flow of your facility.  It will be an accurate, to scale, drawing showing the overall clinic and specific room configurations, room sizes, circulation paths/hallways, entries/exits, walls, doors, and windows. It will show the location of veterinary medical equipment, caging, cabinetry, furnishings, furniture, storage units and even clerical stations.

In addition to the Schematic Floor Plan I will also provide you with the Material, Systems and Equipment Resource Manual. The purpose of this manual is to provide you and your local architect/contractor with the detailed veterinary specific information needed to translate my Schematic Floor Plan into a set of Working Drawings from which your project can be built.

How we will do it:

Producing the Schematic Floor Plan starts with an initial phone conversation with you, the decision maker.

Out of this will come a spreadsheet listing of rooms, rooms sizes and an overall building size. This will be checked against the available space and your budget and if all this makes sense then I will start drawing.

Approximately a week later I will send you my first try at a floor plan. This plan will become the basis of a running conversation, and an iterative design process, where I will produce and send you new and improved plans for your review and comment.  The goal is work together to  create the best possible final plan tailored to your specific situation.

How long it will take?

As little as two weeks, not more than five.

What it will cost:

The fee for producing the Schematic Floor Plan (including all the iterative drawings that go before the final drawing) is $1.50 a square foot of clinic area. This means that for a 2,400 square foot facility the fee would be $3,600.


These are two examples of Schematic Floor Plans that I have recently drawn.
The first is a small 1,600 square foot facility that contains four exam rooms and the second a 11,000 square foot clinic that has fourteen exam rooms. In both cases the number of exam rooms per square foot of total clinic is dramatically greater than the old rule-of-thumb which say you can expect one exam per 1,500 square feet.
That’s my goal on every project, to break the old rules.

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.

To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”

Steve Jobs, Wired February 1996

I’m not a fan of everything Steve Jobs did, but I think he was definitely on to something when he talked about design….