Space Planning | Interior Architecture
Design | Project Management
Why consider updating? Because the function and aesthetics of your dental office enhance your efficiency, care, your patient's experience and, ultimately, your success. With a well-designed office providing optimal patient care becomes smooth and enjoyable for you and the patient. Finding and retaining a quality team is easier. And, higher patient treatment acceptance increases your income by 20-40%.
Where do I start? With our no obligation, initial consultation. Let's take an hour to meet and walk through your practice together, to discuss your ideas, concerns, and short and long-term practice goals. Through a fresh set of experienced, dental planning eyes you receive immediate feedback to help you make more educated decisions about your office and practice's potential.
What do I do next? Signature Environments provides a wide range of services to fit all project sizes from micro-remodels to ground-up buildings. Take a moment to review the questions below and see which service best fits your needs — or call. We are here to answer your questions and help you take the first steps!
Which best describes your needs?
1. You need to do something but don't know what exactly? (click for more)
Site Evaluation: While you practice we observe the patient, staff, and instrument flow; the office's organization and function; the existing office's aesthetic impact; and, we evaluate the patient experience from the moment the phone is answered until they say good-bye. With 20 years of dental planning and design experience for literally hundreds of offices, we do this well - really well. We will meet with you shortly thereafter to review and discuss the room-by-room written Evaluation. This is invaluable tool to help you understand deficiencies, create a planned approach to meet your budget and open the door to your practice's potential.
2. You know what you need and are ready to see how that could work? (click for more)
Schematic Planning and Design: From the Site Evaluation, if needed, you tell us what your goals and budget are and we develop our Scope of Services and a Preliminary Estimated Project Budget Outline. Next we complete our programming questionnaire with you, then inventory and photograph your office based upon the Scope. Then we put on our thinking caps, roll up our sleeves, and get down to pure, optimal function, and great design! You receive a detailed space plan(s) illustrating exactly how to make each and every aspect of your office work well - really, really well.
You could stop here but, as in dentistry, a plan view of the mouth is only part of the process. Taking your optimal space plan to the vertical plane, the "smile", is the key to making the function and design work - now and for years to come. Any other approach minimizes the success of your investment.
3. Outdated colors and materials but functions well? (click for more)
Micro-Update/Renovation Services: Building on #1 we develop 6-8 color and materials schemes. Those include, as needed, new carpets, paints, fabrics, wallcovering, artwork, vinyl and stone/ceramic floors, and new furniture or reupholstery. We will secure an experienced general dental contractor (if needed) or specialty subcontractors, coordinate final costing for all aspects of the project, develop scheduling for renovations and the design installations, and provide project management. Whew…yes all of that so you can keep practicing dentistry without having to manage your project.
4. Outdated colors and materials with a few poorly functioning areas? (click for more)
Mini-Update/Renovation Services: A Mini Update includes #1, #2 and #3. We start space planning for optimal flow in those poorly functioning areas, and then develop cabinetry elevations and minimal electrical, lighting, and plumbing plans. Your office's function improves while simultaneously creating an aesthetic environment on par with your care.
5. Need major functional and aesthetic changes to your existing office? (click for more)
Phased, Occupied Renovations: Starting with an As-Built Measure we launch into #2 and develop an entirely new plan based around optimal function and aesthetics. Planning encompasses your ability to remain operational throughout the renovation. We facilitate the dental equipment supplier and specialty subcontractors, develop detailed construction drawings, obtain building permits, coordinate general dental contractor costing, and then manage a phased construction schedule to keep you practicing dentistry while your office is renovated around you.
6. Is a new location the solution? (click for more)
Tenant Improvement in a New Suite: We will help you analyze your options and determine which suite best meets your goals. Using your programming we create a quick preliminary space plan to ensure your requirements can be met by the suite or if other suites need to be found. You can proceed with signing the lease knowing your goals can be met in the suite chosen. We provide the services noted in #2 and develop more thorough space plan options and the interior architecture, create detailed construction documents, obtain building permits, coordinate contractor costing, provide project management, and smoothly transition your practice into your new office.
7. New office location in a high rise building? (click for more)
New Tenant Improvement in a High Rise: Hiring a dental planner/designer knowledgeable of the strict life safety/building codes and high rise building standards is to your advantage in both timeline and construction costs. In addition to the services offered in #2 and #6 we work with the building's management to obtain and incorporate their standards into your new office, along with your functional and design goals. We interface with the building's management, assuring them that improvements to their building are managed to their advantage, laying a strong foundation for your relationship with them.
8. Developing your own building? (click for more)
New Building Development and Tenant Improvement: As the project facilitator, and in addition to the services listed in #2 and #6, we assemble a team of experienced professionals including your dental equipment supplier, a building shell architect, a general dental contractor, specialty subcontractors, a dental banker, and your attorney. You keep practicing with the peace of mind that together your team is integrating our services together into a comprehensive solution so your new building will be built on-time, on-budget, and exceed your goals.
9. General design and planning consultation? (click for more)
Consultation Services: You tell us about your budget and practice goals and we will work with you on an hourly, "as needed" basis to achieve them! We can evaluate suggestions from other consultants, or select fabrics or paint here or there, find artwork or stage your office with accessories.
10. Cluttered or disorganized dental office slowing down the team? (click for more)
Frequently, over time, even newer dental offices need a declutter and reorganization session. Papers start stacking up on counters, cabinets may be poorly organized resulting in too much inventory and an old equipment graveyard. We start our organization service by assessing all storage in the office and creating a better use of available space by purging, reorganizing and creating storage processes/systems for ongoing benefit of the practice. We purchase drawer organizers, and other organizing items, we work with your team to ensure they understand and feel comfortable with the systems and that maximum efficiency is achieved. This is a staff time and money-saving investment for you.
Practices within an 80 mile radius of Seattle are eligible for the no obligation, initial Consultation. For practices beyond the radius, a deposit will be collected to cover travel time and expenses.
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