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Can you do a fast free floor plan like the dental equipment suppliers?

I want a design quickly, I don't want to pay much and I want a great design.  Is this possible?

Why use a specialty firm?

Wouldn't it be better to use a local designer instead of doing this long distance?

How much does building a new dental or medical office cost?

There is an old saying that you can have something done right, you can have it fast, you might even be able to have it cheap. You just can’t have all three at once! The same goes with dental and medical design. We can work within any budget. We can even expedite our design service. But if you want it done properly, it can't be done fast and cheap. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Poorly designed and plans thrown together without much attention to detail will end up costing more during construction because of change orders. Instead of saving money, you will pay more in the end if you don’t invest in the right team who understands your business and your goals.

We understand your concern about working long distance, but this goes back to hiring the best team possible to help you with one of the most expensive undertakings of your life. By using advances in technology we have developed a very efficient design process. All of our design work is done electronically, and through video chat, screen sharing and other online tools, we are able to effectively communicate throughout the entire design process. We often travel to your location and many of our clients visit our showroom for face to face design meetings. We keep your travel to a minimum to reduce your down time in the office.  
Understand that we will be with you every step of the way. From the initial design stage through construction and beyond, we help you manage of the most complex tasks of your life by coordinating with your entire team.

We advise you to think of your office design as an investment and not an frivolous fee. The more appropriately you office is designed, the more productive your office will be. A specialty firm understands the complex functions taking place in the facility, the ergonomic challenges of your profession, and how efficient flow in the medical/dental setting can affect productivity. We are also keenly aware of HIPPA regulations and take all of this into consideration when designing your office.  
A non-medical design firm may have designed beautiful office buildings, but efficiency and ergonomics may be compromised if they don't have specific dental or medical experience. We have done hundreds of offices, and would be happy to refer you to some of our past clients for their input. 

This question can’t be answered without further investigation. There are many factors to consider when designing a dental or medical office. Size, quality of materials, design level, architectural elements, lease space vs full building vs remodel, are all factors contributing to design fees, as well as building costs. Most of the offices on our site range from $120 to $175 per square foot, including custom cabinetry. If the cabinetry is not included in your ops or sterilization area, the range goes down. The trade off, however, is that your equipment costs will increase. 
To get an estimate specifically for your project, one of the most valuable services we offer is a project cost projection. We do a design interview, then itemize costs for your specific project. This includes the fixed fee for our design services, a projected total budget, and projected monthly debt service for your new office. This projection includes not only all of the construction costs but the additional costs as well, such as the furniture, artwork, equipment and technology. With this documentation you can confidently begin negotiating with lenders and insure your loan will cover the entire cost of building your dream office.   
Most people underestimate project costs. Be an informed consumer - it will prepare you will for a successful project!

"Don't try to do it yourself, hire professionals to help you navigate all of the issues that you do not have the time or experience to do. Don't let your equipment supplier convince you to use their free plans. Make sure to enlist a practice management company and office design company that will assess your current and future production, and help you project what size and level of finish your new office will be. Always remember you get what you pay for, cheaper is not generally better, either in dentistry or in dental office design. Commit yourself to the project totally, right from the outset."

dr. christopher duffy, dds

As no two roses are the same…  neither are floor plans. Dental Supply companies often provide cookie cutter plans used over and over based largely on equipment they would like to sell you. At EnviroMed, our architects create custom floor plans specifically based on YOUR design goals. No two plans are the same. We pay our design team living wages for their time and therefore we do charge a fee for the floor plan. We work closely with each one of our clients to make sure that they are happy with the final outcome. We aren't satisfied until you are!

I am concerned about the debt service of building a new office. How long before my new office is profitable?

This is probably one of THE questions on everyone's mind as soon as they start considering building a new office. As with many other answers, there are multiple considerations. What is the distance between practices, if there is a change in location? Is this a start-up? Will you be adding chairs/exam rooms? Will you be adding staff?
Generally speaking, our offices see an increase in production from 20% to 40% within the first year, depending on if they are making a lateral move or adding providers and treatment rooms.

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Can you do a fast free floor plan like the dental equipment suppliers?

"Don't try to do it yourself, hire professionals to help you navigate all of the issues that you do not have the time or experience to do. Don't let your equipment supplier convince you to use their free plans. Make sure to enlist a practice management company and office design company that will assess your current and future production, and help you project what size and level of finish your new office will be. Always remember you get what you pay for, cheaper is not generally better, either in dentistry or in dental office design. Commit yourself to the project totally, right from the outset."

dr. christopher duffy, dds

As no two roses are the same… neither are floor plans. Dental Supply companies often provide cookie cutter plans used over and over based largely on equipment they would like to sell you. At EnviroMed, our architects create custom floor plans specifically based on YOUR design goals. No two plans are the same. We pay our design team living wages for their time and therefore we do charge a fee for the floor plan. We work closely with each one of our clients to make sure that they are happy with the final outcome. We aren't satisfied until you are!

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I want a design quickly, I don't want to pay much and I want a great design. Is this possible?

There is an old saying that you can have something done right, you can have it fast, you might even be able to have it cheap. You just can’t have all three at once! The same goes with dental and medical design. We can work within any budget. We can even expedite our design service. But if you want it done properly, it can't be done fast and cheap. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Poorly designed and plans thrown together without much attention to detail will end up costing more during construction because of change orders. Instead of saving money, you will pay more in the end if you don’t invest in the right team who understands your business and your goals.

dr. christopher duffy, dds

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You should start thinking of your office design as an investment and not just an up-front cost. The more appropriately designed, the more productive your office will be. In the end this will give you a much greater return on investment than in trying to a save few dollars in the beginning.
Medical and Dental design requires an understanding of the complex function being performed at the facility. A non-medical design firm may have designed beautiful office buildings, but efficiency and ergonomics may be compromised if they don't have specific dental or medical experience. We have done hundreds of offices, so have already worked out the design kinks that others inevitably will run into.

Why use a specialty firm?

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We understand your concern about working long distance, but this goes back to hiring the best team possible to help you with one of the most expensive undertakings of your life. By using advances in technology we have developed a very efficient design process. All of our design work is done electronically, and through video chat, screen sharing and other online tools, we are able to effectively communicate throughout the entire design process. We often travel to your location and many of our clients visit our showroom for face to face design meetings. We keep your travel to a minimum to reduce your down time in the office.  
Understand that we will be with you every step of the way. From the initial design stage through construction and beyond, we help you manage of the most complex tasks of your life by coordinating with your entire team.

Wouldn't it be better to use a local designer instead of doing this long distance?

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have questions?we've got answers

How much does building a new dental or medical office cost?

This question can’t be answered without further investigation. There are many factors to consider when designing a dental or medical office. Size, quality of materials, design level, architectural elements, lease space vs full building vs remodel, are all factors contributing to design fees, as well as building costs. 

Most of the offices on our site range from $120 to $175 per square foot, including custom cabinetry. If the custom cabinetry is not included on your ops or sterilization area, the range goes down. The trade off is that your equipment costs will increase. To get an estimate specifically for your project, one of the most valuable services we offer is a project cost projection. We do a design interview, then itemize costs for your specific project. This includes the fixed fee for our design services, a projected total budget, and projected monthly debt service for your new office. This projection includes not only all of the construction costs but the additional costs as well, such as the furniture, artwork, equipment and technology. With this documentation you can confidently begin negotiating with lenders and insure your loan will cover the entire cost of building your dream office.   

Most people underestimate project costs. Be an informed consumer - it will prepare you will for a successful project!

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I am concerned about the debt service of building a new office. How long before my new office is profitable?

This is probably one of THE questions on everyone's mind as soon as they start considering building a new office. As with many other answers, there are multiple considerations. What is the distance between practices, if there is a change in location? Is this a start-up? Will you be adding chairs/exam rooms? Will you be adding staff?
Generally speaking, our offices see an increase in production from 20% to 40% within the first year, depending on if they are making a lateral move or adding providers and treatment rooms.

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"I had been working out of a 2000 sq ft storefront office for 20 years. It had 3 ops and 2 improvised hygiene ops.. We were maxed out and needed to add a partner to help continue growing.

The design process was a lot of fun and turned out perfectly, in that the flow and ergonomics still work great today. The style along with the modern+impressionist artwork created quite a stir among our patients and resulted in many new ones.

I still appreciate walking through in the early mornings and seeing how everything fits together so well. But most importantly, the new office attracted a new dentist in 2006 who is now my partner. With all the growth in NW Arkansas the last 10 years, we still have one of the nicest offices despite being in a small rural town on the fringe of the explosive growth.

I am pleased EnviroMed Design Group has carried on what THE started to allow doctors to have their dream offices.
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-dr. alan lamb
gentry, ak

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