Expansion Update 4
It has been a busy month with our building project at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. You may not have noticed a great deal of change just driving by, but lots of important things have happened. Our veterinary hospital has many systems that must be installed and lots of different teams have been working hard to get these done.
Our IT company has been working to install our network of 40 computers with three servers that integrate everything including medical records, our in-house lab, digital radiographs, and ultrasound so that everything is at our fingertips to help your pet no matter where we are in the hospital. Doctors can even check on their patients from smart phones or their home computers! They have also been getting our phone system and the camera system installed.
The plumbing contractor has been installing oxygen piping throughout the building for animals needing oxygen either during anesthesia or because of life threatening accidents or disease. Plumbers have also been installing extensive piping for our active anesthetic gas evacuation system. Of course, we have lots of plumbing going in for the water needs of the hospital, as well.
The electrical contractor has been very busy with all the special electrical needs such as surgical lighting, surgical equipment (for example, radiosurgery unit and laparoscopic equipment), heated cages, radiology, lab equipment, gas and steam autoclaves, ultrasound, lab equipment and the list goes on and on.
The heating contractor has been busy in the upstairs mechanical room installing our carefully planned heating, air conditioning and ventilation system. We are using a heat recovery system to conserve energy, ventilation designed to control the spread of airborne diseases, and a positive pressure airflow system in surgery to control contaminants.
Our security system is also being continuously updated as needed.
Extensive central vacuum piping and outlets are being installed. The central vacuum allows us to maintain a clean hospital, and new ports in the surgery prep area will allow us to suck clipped hair into the system.
On the outside of the building, they were here on Thanksgiving Day putting on the stucco! Color samples are up for some of the exterior colors and we expect the windows to go in any day! Lots of changes should soon be visible as you drive by.
We continue to be so thankful for the kindness and consideration shown by everyone working on the building. Henry Watts and Dan Taylor of Beverly-Grant are extremely committed to helping us maintain our strict standards for care for our patients during the construction and always seem to have sub-contractors with the same great attitudes. As always, Chris Rogers and Patti Glazer of Glazer Architects have been hard at work enthusiastically attending to every minute detail so that Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be clean, efficient, and a delightful place for animals and people. Keeping the hospital fully functional during demolition and construction is only possible because of the extensive planning and attention to detail provided by Glazer Architecture and Beverly-Grant. We cannot thank them enough!