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Paul Gladysz, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ICC

Column: Constructive Criticism

Constructive Criticism columnist Paul Gladysz is the principal architect at BDA Architecture. The firm specializes in the planning, design and construction of animal care facilities.

Constructive Criticism columnist Paul Gladysz is the principal architect at BDA Architecture. The firm specializes in the planning, design and construction of animal care facilities.

Constructive Criticism

A successful building project starts with you

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.

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? It all begins with an objective vision, a subjective dream, and a practical and viable plan. Any construction endeavor is a game of risk management. […]

Constructive Criticism

Make your hospital a comfort zone

A clinic should be more than a place of healing. It also needs to exude a healthful feeling.

Creating a new veterinary hospital is a big task. So many parts to consider, so many needs and constraints to balance. Everyone expects a building to do the basics: stand up, not leak, have working lights and plumbing. However, truly good buildings are expected to be more of a home than a house, more of […]

Constructive Criticism

The bottom line on floors

Focusing solely on durability and price during a hospital remodel or construction could leave you on shaky ground.

A practice manager contacted me recently with a problem. Her hospital’s client areas had been renovated six months earlier, but the new floor emitted a pervasive odor. She wanted to know what to do. I knew the cause as soon as I saw the product specifications. On paper, the flooring was a fine material: an […]

Constructive Criticism

Want to build a hospital?

Veterinarians tend to be good risks for lenders, so doctors with excellent credit and a detailed business plan are a step ahead.

After practicing for years in hospitals run by other veterinarians, you decide it’s time for your own place. You know where the hospital should be located and maybe what it should look like. But what now? Where do you start? Meet Dr. Kate. She’s been out of school for eight years and for much of […]

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