Friday, July 19, 2013

Building Update- Entry # 8

I really hate to do the "then and now" pictures for you again, but since I haven't posted an update since June 28th, I feel that I should. It was not from a lack of wanting to post an update, or even a lack of thinking about posting an update, it was just simply a lack of time. If I fully accomplish nothing else this week, I will accomplish a Blog post!
July 2, 2013
July 12, 2013

Rear of building-July 2, 2013
So what's happened between now and then? Going back to the first week of July, they had a short week because of the holiday. They mostly worked on the siding, and continued interior framing. 

The following week dawned at full speed ahead. They finished the interior framing, finished the siding, the windows were delivered and installed and we met with the 
Window Installation
cabinet people, the electricians and the plumber. It was a week of decision making as Dr. Jackett chose the exterior paint colors, and the specifics of the interior cabinets and counters. I met with the inside wiring person for phone, data and audio wiring locations. Ski Air came in to begin the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) work. Although the appearance from the outside did not change a whole lot, the interior appearance is finally taking shape. Along with all this decision making comes all the anxieties. Is there going to be enough counter space in the lab? Do we need to add a sink here? If we put drawers and cabinets here, will there be enough work space? Will there be enough room along this wall for the charts? Are we going to want a phone in this location in the future? What is the work
Completion of the siding
flow going to be like in this area, and will it be workable? What if we decide in 6 months that we don't like the location of that work station in the pharmacy? We can't have a counter here, it makes the space too small.....and on and on! As we work through it, we continue to make changes. It's all about thinking ahead and planning the work flow. What will work, and what won't. In the end, you hope you figured it out correctly!

On the other hand, we are also seeing all the possibilities. For example, the cat boarding. What if we made hamster tube like cat

walks that ran throughout the front of the reception area? We could also use that when we have kittens available for adoption! They could run around through the enclosed cat walk while everyone oooohed and ahhhed at them. Have I gone too far? Probably. But the cat boarding area is really neat. It is in the reception area against an outside window so the cats can look out. It will be a nice addition to the reception area.

The picture to the left shows the front view while the picture below is from the inside, where the cat condos will be placed. Not into cats? We'll have space in the back to board dogs, too!

The reception desk went through some growing pains last week as well. Meaning there wasn't enough space so we did a little rearranging!
Hopefully someday all the paper records will be trimmed way down as we transition over to being what is called "paper light". Meaning the medical records will be computerized. We've wanted to do that for a long time but the wiring in our current space just wouldn't support the newer technology. I am really excited for the wiring to not only be up to date, but capable enough for technology upgrades.

Rear of the building- July 12, 2013

So there you have it- Your building update through the week ending July 12, and I have completed my "to do" list-sort of. I still have this weeks pictures and updates, but that is another posting. STAY TUNED.....

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