Jenny Ruoho, DDS, Relaxation Dentistry. Dr. Ruoho wished to start a new practice in a dental office designed to reflect her professional style — at the lowest possible cost. My job was to refine her initial layout and establish a firm perimeter using minimal square footage. She was working with a lease negotiator on general terms of the agreement while I worked on the plan of her new office interior.
This office for general dentistry is designed for a relatively large site that permits expansion of building and parking in the future. The Owners express a wish to design building and site using sustainable, green ideas where practical. Our response is to focus on energy conservation: preliminary ideas include geothermal heating and cooling, highly insulated envelope, and daylighting. The Owner has approved site and building sketches; next steps are to draw the building interior and add detail to 3D massing of the envelope. Progress on this project is posted on the page Dental Office in Northern Minnesota. Revised site and floor plan drawings have been added. While 3D building design progresses 3D design of treatment rooms is underway.
This Orthodontics Office Design is being developed for a site in Lakeville Minnesota. Current software tools for architects allow us to preview appearance as well as aspects of energy performance and cost. Owners can make smarter, more sustainable design decisions with such tools. 3D model, site plan, and interior layout are developed at the same time, cycling between 2D and 3D drawings. Progress on this project is shown on Orthodontics Office pages.
Jon Anderson, DDS, selected a site for his new dental office in a rapidly growing area of Fargo, North Dakota. There was one important addition to standard requirements for an office site — space for a field of deep wells to serve a geothermal heating and cooling system. In a region subject to flooding, this neighborhood is on relatively high ground with a drainage canal adjacent. Recent floods in Fargo did not affect Dr. Anderson’s new building.
Office Design for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS) is a subject addressed in a book I wrote for AAOMS. It is a design guide with drawings and technical information as well as photographs. Not included in that book is a recently completed OMS office for Dr. James Hughes in Hutchinson Minnesota.
General Dentist, Dr. Ken Windschitl, needed to move from his second story office in downtown New Ulm, Minnesota. A recognized name in New Ulm, he could relocate anywhere in town. He found seven possible sites and needed help deciding which would best fit his practice. He wanted an architect with relevant experience so he hired my firm to design his new dental office building.
An oral surgery office in a multi-tenant building has requirements beyond those of an office for general dentistry. For example, both building and site must accommodate separation of entrances for arrival and departure of surgery patients. Drawings shown here assessed feasibility of a particular site for a developer who is an oral surgeon; consequently a mult-tenant building could be designed around the needs of his new oral surgery office.