Shiloh Animal Hospital
Dr. Audra Alley of Shiloh Animal Hospital was outgrowing her leasehold space and had just purchased property close by in a local business park when she asked us to design a new hospital. She planned to add 1-2 additional doctors plus staff to accommodate her growing practice. She needed more space in the treatment room, at least six exam rooms and she wanted to offer boarding and grooming services for her clients.
The business park and the Town of Morrisville carried strict architectural guidelines and site engineering requirements. The property is adjacent to a major thoroughfare, shared a common driveway with the neighboring business and had wetlands that we needed to avoid. We worked closely with a local civil engineer to set the footprint of the building and orient it to maximize the view from the road, while at the same time providing the right amount of parking and a play yard to avoid the wetlands. Once we had the footprint located where the building could fit on the site, we turned our design attention to the floor plan and the flow of the hospital. We had a good idea from Dr. Alley as to the character of the building she wanted, and we began our design to coordinate her vision with the business park guidelines and Town of Morrisville architectural requirements. Dr. Alley’s request for a warm and welcoming entry and abundant daylight in the building was created with a large, arched timber frame covered entry with large windows, flooding the reception area with daylight. The town required a large percentage of the front façade to be glass as well, so we placed the surgery and dental suites along with Dr. Alley’s office on this side of the hospital. We designed interior glass interior partitions between these rooms that open up to the treatment space, allowing the daylight and views to the outside, providing a bright a cheerful space where everyone spends a lot of their time during the day. After many years of dreaming and planning, Dr. Alley and her team moved into their new home in the Spring of 2019.