Only in Boca

Only in Boca

Some might consider it over the top. But an affluent client base made high-end, luxury design a must for the owners of Calusa Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, Fla.
Sep 01, 2007

Some might consider it over the top. But an affluent client base made high-end, luxury design a must for the owners of Calusa Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

Main entrance: The pergola will offer protection from the sun once the leafy vines grow in.
Crammed into a 2,100- square-foot leasehold, Drs. Andrew Turkell and Anthony Krawitz knew they needed to ditch their digs of 12 years to provide the level of care they wanted for their patients. Soon after this realization, they began a search for the perfect piece of property. "It was definitely a dream that I wasn't sure we'd realize," Dr. Turkell says, "but it came to fruition one step at a time." The duo finally broke ground on their dream facility two years later. The result: A design inspired by the Florida Keys at sunset. And the new facility has been so successful that they're working on a plan for a second phase that includes an emergency and referral center.

Covered porch: The veranda gives clients and team members a view of the lush, tropical landscaping.
Just beachy. The lobby is central to the three facility components—the general practice, the holistic practice, and the boarding and daycare wing—so it needed a distinctive look. As clients enter the Calusa Veterinary Center, they're greeted with a serene, beachlike atmosphere. Materials used in the hospital were chosen for their likeness to all things beachlike. The porcelain tile in the client areas was chosen for its sandy look, and all of the solid-surface countertops are a pale oyster white. Each exam room was painted a different color: water blue, mango, conch shell pink, coral, and oyster. The strategically placed reception station is papered with pearlized blue beaded wallpaper to give the illusion of water.

Keep on swimming: The hydrotherapy pool is located at the back of the facility.
The relaxing color palette provides warm and calm feelings in the waiting and reception areas, where visibility and lines of sight are also key design elements. The reception station sits in a direct line with the main entry to promote eye contact between receptionists and entering clients. This way, Dr. Turkell says, "clients immediately know where to go. There's no confusion and that puts them and their pets at ease." Just behind the reception wall, several checkout stations are directly visible from each exam room.

Three main areas of the hospital
Behind closed doors. Functionality and efficiency in the clinical areas was a priority for Drs. Turkell and Krawitz. And those two elements were the starting point for developing the building's footprint. Keeping those elements in mind, the floor plan was created to incorporate multiple veterinary centers under one roof—which may sound like a headache to plan. And while Dr. Turkell knew what he wanted, the whole design and building process didn't come easily. "There were times when I said, 'What did we get into?' But I could always see the light at the end of the tunnel," he says. "And I'd do it all over again."

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