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Friday, April 30, 2010

Dental Case Study: Navigating City Codes toward a Successful Result

Excelsior Town Dental construction is underway! Karkela Construction is the general contractor on the project and they expect to finish this spring. When completed, the new design will feature four treatment areas within a completely re-designed, efficient space.

Space was tight at the Excelsior Town Dental. Working within the confines of an existing 2,000 square foot building, The Foundation expanded their useable space by almost two times the original clinic. By keeping the traffic flow of the clinic efficient, they were able to maximize the area of the building, gaining comfortable and productive work spaces.

Now under construction, the new Excelsior Town Dental will have a warm, welcoming exterior.

As with all construction projects, this dental clinic contained unique design challenges:
  • Aging, inefficient building construction
  • Difficult site constraints
  • Extensive city requirements
  • Expanding needs and priorities

The plans for the new location maximize efficiency in the space and give contractors clear direction.

Bob Shaffer, president of The Foundation Architects, used his background as a current city council member and his knowledge of city government to work through many difficult layers of zoning codes, community concerns, city commissions and the city council to obtain necessary variances, commission approvals and allow the clinic to move forward in an expeditious manner.

The Foundation Architects works with each dentist and clinic to meet their unique challenges with individual, personal solutions. Whether it is the look and feel of the clinic environment, or how the spaces function, our team approach with the client guides design decisions and ensures a successful overall project. See our typical dental clinic design process.

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