Patient-Centric Architecture Supports Holistic Veterinary Medicine

The Chi University Animal Hospital

The Chi Animal Hospital is the latest addition to the growing Chi University campus. Settled in the rolling hills of north central Florida's equestrian region, the new Animal Hospital stands as the proving ground where philosophy and learning become practice. The University's approach to natural healing and holistic medicine serve as the basis for inspiration in the design of the new Animal Hospital.

Studies show that natural light and visual connections to the outdoors improve the healing process.Our design for the new Animal Hospital placed carefully sized windows throughout the building to ensure that animals of all sizes, and in every regularly occupied space including kennels, benefit from the hospital's natural surroundings.

We selected interior finishes thoughtfully, incorporating slip resistant flooring for furry feet, natural wood tones, and non-toxic coatings to help eliminate potential hazards. Treatment areas and exam rooms are state of the art, with flexible casework which can be adjusted to suit each patient and maximize workflow. Rehab spaces include an underwater treadmill and connected outdoor play space, flanked by floor to ceiling windows for optimal visibility. Acoustical separation between exam rooms and a one-way corridor system help mitigate unwanted encounters between animals. Each of these design elements lessens the stress placed on patients and helps to ensure each pet has an enjoyable experience, associating a positive experience with each visit.

The Chi Animal Hospital is the latest addition to the growing Chi University campus. Settled in the rolling hills of north central Florida's equestrian region, the new Animal Hospital stands as the proving ground where philosophy and learning become practice. The University's approach to natural healing and holistic medicine serve as the basis for inspiration in the design of the new Animal Hospital.

Studies show that natural light and visual connections to the outdoors improve the healing process.Our design for the new Animal Hospital placed carefully sized windows throughout the building to ensure that animals of all sizes, and in every regularly occupied space including kennels, benefit from the hospital's natural surroundings.

We selected interior finishes thoughtfully, incorporating slip resistant flooring for furry feet, natural wood tones, and non-toxic coatings to help eliminate potential hazards. Treatment areas and exam rooms are state of the art, with flexible casework which can be adjusted to suit each patient and maximize workflow. Rehab spaces include an underwater treadmill and connected outdoor play space, flanked by floor to ceiling windows for optimal visibility. Acoustical separation between exam rooms and a one-way corridor system help mitigate unwanted encounters between animals. Each of these design elements lessens the stress placed on patients and helps to ensure each pet has an enjoyable experience, associating a positive experience with each visit.

Project Owner

Chi University

Location

Reddick, FL

Completion Date

August 2023

Project Size

9,600 SF

Cost

$5.3M

Contractor

Oelrich Construction, Inc.

Delivery Method

Construction Management

Partners

MEPF: Mitchell Gulledge Engineering
Civil: Mastroserio Engineering, Inc.
Structural: Miller Engineering

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