What is a Medical Office Building?
Medical Office Buildings are planned and built much like a hospital. Medical Office Buildings are built on a smaller scale.
What Do Medical Office Buildings Include?
These buildings usually include just about everything you would find in a hospital. Commonly, these buildings encompass:
- Urgent Care Centers
- Primary Clinics
- Social Services
- Emergency and Ambulatory Buildings.
These buildings are diverse and capable enough to serve several patients at a time and sufficiently treat them. These facilities are also accessible to all people and patients.
4 Important Medical Office Construction Considerations
There are many considerations involved with healthcare construction projects. They must be built with specific materials that are designed for safety. Security measures must also be put in place in order to prevent any interruption to the building’s operations. A healthcare construction project will need to be designed in order to ensure optimal effectiveness. Read about our Health Care Construction here.
When planning construction for a Medical Office Building, it is wise to first consider the location that you will be selecting. This will greatly impact the ease of access for your clientele of patients. Consider who will be visiting. Can elderly and disabled people easily access this building from the area? Will the travel be far? Is it in an easily accessible area? Does the location allow for ample parking?
Medical gear and equipment are becoming more digital each and every day. These technologies take up space, have specific requirements, .etc.
The design, including interior and exterior, of these buildings, should be able to accommodate your patients and clientele. This goes for examination rooms, offices, waiting rooms, consultation areas, storage, and work desk areas for the staff. Incorporate signs and guides for easy navigation through your building.
Do not forget to account for medical gear and equipment that will require an ample amount of space.
The design of a Medical Office Building should be inviting, calming, neutral, and positive. These buildings should be a place of healing and tranquility.
Also, be sure to account for enough space in each area as needed. Account for your patients and the possible guests that may accompany them.
To make the building feel “open”, consider your lighting. This goes for windows, light fixtures, and the overall placement.
The Key to Office Building Parking: Medical Location Parking
The functional connection between building access to the visitor parking is much different than in normal office buildings. Medical office buildings require more awareness to the visitor’s experience. For many users, the experience is likely not familiar to them.
Be sure to note the numerous visitor patterns such as entrance methods and possible obstructions. Take into consideration the premise’s pedestrians, vehicles (including medical vehicles such as ambulance/transport, drop off and pick-up loading zones.
Simplicity is a rule of thumb for style, layouts, and designs. Simplicity allows for ease of access, navigation, and construction cost.
Your level of simplicity is different for every building. Each building has different needs. A dental office has completely different needs from a laboratory or pharmacy.