When you’re designing the layout of your business, it’s essential to make sure that you plan for everything. Designing the perfect floor plan for your medical business is crucial to its success.
According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics, over 50% of Americans visit doctors’ offices and other outpatient facilities every year. That’s a lot of potential patients! If you want your business to thrive, you need to make sure that it’s designed in a way that is both functional and appealing to potential patients.
Why is a Floor Plan Important in The Medical Business?
A floor plan is essential for medical service-based businesses because it helps to layout the flow of patients and staff. It also ensures that all necessary equipment and the different times you need are within reach. Additionally, a floor plan can help to optimize space utilization and improve communication among staff members.
Factors to Consider When Designing a Floor Plan
When designing a medical office it’s critical to consider the entire building, it is important that the commercial space has a functional and flexible floor plan. There are dozens of different factors that should be considered.
1. How much space will you need?
Evaluating the shape and total square footage of the commercial space is an essential first step. Finding out that you don’t have enough space after you’ve started construction can be a costly mistake. Think your patients and your team members. Make sure that the total area in your floor plan layout can accommodate their basic needs can be the difference between a smart floor plan design, or years of making a poor commercial space work. One important thing is to consider the spaces that tend to be overlooked. Forgetting to account for a kitchen space, a laundry room, employee bathrooms, where you plan on putting your water heater, or even a broom closest can lead to design dilemmas. Even small changes can be expensive after construction has started so detailedly planning your floor space is always a good idea. Thinking through every need that may present itself in the day-to-day operation of your business is an important first step to finding out how many square feet you need to create the right floor plan.
2. How Will the Space Be Used?
Knowing how much space you need is also influenced by how that space will be used. It’s important to consider how people will interact with the space to create a nice flow.
- Can you create a great design using multi-purpose rooms, or will single-purpose spaces be a better fit for the business needs?
- How will you manage the storage of different items you will need on a day-to-day basis?
- Will any of your storage areas require refrigeration or additional security?
- Do you need a Kitchen Space? How about a Laundry Room?
- How many people will need private office space?
- How many people will your waiting room need to accommodate?
- Will you want to create a play area for kids?
- How many exam spaces will you need? Will you need more in a year or three years?.
Thinking through how you need to use your space is crucial. For example, an open floor plan is not a very practical idea when you are thinking about the layout at a doctor’s office. However, when creating construction plans for a dentist’s office fewer private spaces may make better use of the space.
3. Future Needs in a Medical Business
In your planning, it is essential to consider future needs. Once you are scheduling patients any thought of new construction or remodeling your business is far more complicated. For example, as your patient load increases, you may need to add more examination rooms or additional storage space. Planning for those needs during the new build phase makes expansion much easier later, and you won’t need to design a whole new floor plan to capitalize on your success.
Hiring an experienced Commercial Contractor can have a dramatic impact in avoiding problems in the construction process. At Hill Commercial Construction, we pride our outstanding work that contributes to the longstanding relationships with our clients. We have years of experience designing and building offices for dentists, doctors, and veterinarians in Colorado and the surrounding states. Contact us to find out how we can help you with your commercial construction project.