One day for those who realize the dream of starting their own medical practice will face the exciting opportunity to design their own medical office space. This is a primer article to kick off a series of articles in which we (The CareerMedicine authors and the readers) will design our own medical office space. We are not talking about renting or leasing a medical office space. It is mainly about either building a medical o office from scratch ("including the building!") or buying a "Shell" building and then upfitting it – aka adding rooms etc to the shell.
How does the whole process work. Lets look at the bird’s eye view of the whole process:
STEP 1: Buy a shell (just four walls building enclosure) or a piece of land.
STEP 2: Find a Medical Office Architect
STEP 3: Sit with the Architect and develop a "program". A "Program" here means a long list of things you want for your new office. For example — a window in the doctor’s office, number of exam rooms, approximate people you need to fit in the billing office and any other specifics. The program helps the architect determine the size and layout for the office space.
STEP 4: The architect will send you a preliminary drawing drawn by their draftsman using the program above as a guideline.
STEP 5: The physicians will then review it. Feel free to change anything that you feel is needed. It is much cheaper to correct the drawing than a building.
STEP 6: Once you approve the layout of the medical office space, the medical office design will enter the phase of the electrical and plumbing designing.
STEP 7: Now you will have to mark the location of power outlets, telephone outlets, cables etc on the approved layout. Once done send it back to the architect for electrical layout.
STEP 8: Architect will finalize the drawings including elevations etc. which determines your counter height etc.
So get ready for our next series of posts in which we will design a medical office space.