As you’ve begun to search for medical office space, chances are good that you are already busy noting the many changes you would need to make at each property in order to create the space that would best resonate with your vision for your practice.  A medical office space redesign can be a very large undertaking, requiring a lot of thought, planning, and consideration to see it through to fruition.  Following some simple guidelines can help you to make it a successful experience.

Choosing the Space

When it comes to finding the right medical office space, there are few things that you will want to consider.

  • Floor Plan: Finding a space with an open floor plan will help you have the flexibility to shape the space into what you need it to be.  Your redesign will be exponentially simplified if you don’t have to knock down walls left and right.
  • Location: Determine whether or not the location of the property will give you access to the patients you will need to grow your practice.  Look for a medical office space that is easily accessible.
  • Projected Practice Growth: You will also need to think about how large you anticipate your practice to get.  This will greatly affect the best utilization of the space in the fact that you may need a larger waiting area, additional staff, and more treatment rooms.
  • Budget: Get very clear on how much money you will have leftover to put towards a redesign. Determine if your landlord is willing to help with the cost of renovations.  You may find that they are, based on the fact that allowing you to design the space to your needs increases likelihood that you will remain there longer.
  • Codes: What will need to be done to bring the space up to par so that it is compliant with current medical office space codes?

Before Making Plans

make objectives when planning a medical office space redesignIf you’ve found the right medical office space, it’s now time to get clearer on your objectives and how the redesign may affect your practice.

  • Objectives: What is the purpose of your redesign?  Are you looking to enhance interaction between patients and medical staff, make your office feel more spacious or welcoming, improve efficiency, or allow for rapid growth within the practice?  Getting clear on your longer-term goals and larger vision will help to ensure that you don’t make hasty or impulsive decisions.
  • Time Table: A redesign can become a lengthy project, so outline how much time you are willing and able to allow the renovations to go on.  It’s important to know this prior to choosing an architect because it will help you to determine the best one who can aid you in meeting your time frame.
  • HIPPA Standards: Will the changes you are looking to make still enable you to comply with privacy laws?
  • Effects on Your Practice: If your practice is already active, or plans to be active during renovations, how will a redesign affect that?  Will you still have the ability to continue to see patients and, if not, how will you handle that?  If you can still see them, what precautions can you take to ensure their safety as they navigate your under-construction space?

Choosing an Architect

Employing a quality architect is integral to making your medical office space redesign go smoothly, but there are a few things you will want to ask to make sure you are hiring the right person.

  • Experience: Find out how long your architect has been in the business and how many other medical office redesigns he/she has done.
  • Cost: What are fixed costs for particular services?
  • Involvement: Get clear on how much the actual architect is planning on being directly involved in the project and know what he/she subcontracts out.
  • Permitting: Find out how your architect handles permitting and how long he/she expects permitting to take.

Making Final Touches

Now that  you’ve found your medical office space, gotten clear on your objectives, and secured the right architect, it’s time to add the finishing touches.

  • Review Plans: Once plans have been drawn up, review them very carefully. Work to ensure that your redesign offers the functionality necessary to run all aspects of your practice.  Anticipate any problems parts of the design may pose by asking for the input of staff and colleagues.
  • Design: If you haven’t already, make the final decisions on colors, furnishings, and decorations you’d like to include in the final design.
  • Go Green: Decrease your ecological footprint by asking your architect what options may be available to make your practice a greener space.

Looking for Medical Office Space in the Baton Rouge Area?

It’s finally time to make your medical office space dream a reality.  Take the first step by working with a skilled Commercial Real Estate Advisor who can help you locate the perfect space for your practice.  At SVN | Graham, Langlois & Legendre, our talented staff of specialists is here to support your vision.  Take a look at our expansive database of properties and contact us today to begin your search.

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