Honest notes

In the veterinary profession, we tend to pride ourselves on a certain standard of honesty, integrity and communication.  I’ve learned that how things are presented will greatly affect the outcome of our “treatment” expectations and ultimately  the clients understanding of each process and the expense involved.  I believe that this is part of the reason that WVG has created such a loyal, dedicated client base.  I insist my staff to hold these same standards and of course, expect those I embrace and trust to do the same, both personally and professionally.

To be blunt, my architect and his design team let me down in this manner and it still disappoints me out how their firm treated this project.  Right now Paul and Smith and Severson are my guardian angels and I need to pick up the pieces and continue to move ahead.  Initial structural engineering missed very large aspects of the support of the building that is now only becoming apparent.  They had 8 months and an empty building to do all the engineering they needed.  8 MONTHS!  Talk about wasted time and wasted money on piece of dirt on Crenshaw Blvd.  So now we need to keep going, more time….did I say lots more money.  We’ll get through it, but as anyone who knows me well might agree, I dont terminate relationships with people often.  I tend to give 2nd and 3rd chances to those I have trusted in the past.  In this case, I was forced to make a decision which I should have made months ago. My architect and his team which treated this project as an afterthought just got the boot.  And I feel greeeeeat about it as the entire project will benefit from not having  them stand in our way.  Not often Dr. Z vents a bit but

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Out With The Old

DSC_3088DSC_3085DSC_3087DSC_3094Asbestos completely removed and demo continues as the old interior ceiling is removed to make way for skylights and new air con.  Scaffolding up on the exterior and moving ahead on interior flow and design.  Exciting times and I’m thrilled with the progress.

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Construction has now officially begun.  With Paul Singleton keeping things on track for me as our project manager and Smith and Severson contracted as the General Contractor, it appears that most the major hurdles to having our new hospital completed by early fall 2014 are now behind us.  Thank you everyone for your patience and good wishes as we move ahead full steam.  I am so fortunate to have such a supportive and dedicated team to help guide me through this process and look forward to sharing details of the construction each step of the way.  First things first.   my favorite…demolition!!!

Progress continues

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cleaning up and cleaning out

cleaning up and cleaning out

With the help of Roger, Frankie and our Xray technician, Joe, we have spent the week clearing our every corner of the clinic to begin to identify electrical and water mains. The Xray machine was professionally disassembled and put into storage. The future radiology room will be properly lead lined with necessary permits in the coming weeks. As well, each exam room is being cleaned out to allow us to create a better flow and feeling of space with flip up tables and recessed computer work stations

It’s Show Time!

After a year of several false starts, I’m thrilled to begin the process to remodel our future hospital.  A meeting with architect last Wednesday went well and we finalized a working floorplan which includes 6 exam rooms, two separate treatment areas and a large, bright reception area with seating for 15 clients

WVG future home

WVG future home

.  I look forward to sharing details of the construction in the weeks ahead and welcome feedback as we move ahead on this adventure.