FWAJDB Architects Designs University of Florida’s $58m Small Animal Hospital - First Veterinary Facility in the Country to Achieve LEED Gold Certification
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine unveiled the new $58M, 100,000 sq. ft. Small Animal Hospital bringing to fruition a dream that has been nearly two decades in the making. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the three-story sustainable building is the only veterinary facility in the country to receive LEED Certification.
With architectural elements that make use of glass and daylight to create an open, welcoming environment for clients and visitors, architects incorporated sustainable elements such as daylight in administrative, surgical and animal housing areas, use of daylight throughout clinical spaces to reduce infection, energy recovery, reclamation of parking spaces for green space, water reduction fixtures, recycling, motion sensors to reduce energy usage, and campus-wide mass transit options. The new facility provides a great asset to the Gainesville community, the State of Florida and the Southeast, not only for its exemplary patient care, but also by serving as a model of environmental and energy efficiency and excellence.
With core values of integrity, teamwork, innovation, trust, compassion, and excellence, clinicians and students at the new Small Animal Hospital treat over 16,000 patients annually in a clinical environment that takes students from the classroom and places them into the working world of veterinary medicine. The advanced learning–centered approach facilitates great ease of interaction between clinicians and students.
The facility itself features twenty-two (22) additional examination rooms, twelve (12) surgical suites, dedicated service rounds rooms for improved student and resident education, larger treatment areas, state-of-the-art progressive care and isolation wards, four (4) conference rooms, a 140-seat seminar room, 24/7 emergency and critical care services, a hemodialysis facility and an intensive care unit. A primary care veterinary practice, where pets receive routine care such as wellness checkups and vaccinations, shares a separate entrance with the hospital’s 24-hour emergency service, allowing clients convenient drop-off access.
Among the hospital’s most notable features is a linear accelerator used to deliver conventional fractionated radiation therapy to cancer patients. The new technology makes use of cone-beam Computerized Tomography, or image guidance, unique to Florida and most of the country. Another key addition to the facility is a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for sophisticated treatment of complex medical problems relative to the heart or blood vessels.
“We are thrilled to see the construction complete and everything falling into place after all the time, energy and passion that has gone into creating the new UF Small Animal Hospital,” said Glen Hoffsis, D.V.M. Dean of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. “We feel confident this is the best small animal veterinary teaching hospital in the world.”
Well received by the public, in April, 2011 the Small Animal Hospital was recognized with the Outstanding Institutional Award by the City of Gainesville as an outstanding contributor to the City. The project also received the ABC Excellence in Construction Award of Merit.
About UF Small Animal Hospital:
The University of Florida Small Animal Hospital was established in 1979 to provide advanced diagnostic, medical and surgical care for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets. As the state’s only veterinary college, enrollment and patient care quickly surpassed expectations and by the late 1980’s hospital administration began laying the groundwork with a plan to expand its small animal hospital and a vision to become a world leader in patient care and veterinary education. Following graduation of its first class in 1980, the college has been built on the university’s reputation for excellence. Today, they claim more than 2000 graduates of their professional (DVM) degree program. Veterinary alumni are active throughout Florida, the United States and overseas in areas ranging from in-depth scientific research to traditional small and large animal practice, zoological and aquatic medicine, public health, epidemiology and the military.
About FWAJDB Architects:
FWAJDB Architects (LLP) is the most experienced design team in veterinary medicine facilities today. From teaching hospitals and highly complex laboratories to classroom and medical education support facilities, FWAJDB’s skilled team of architects have established the reputation as the “go to” architectural firm in the United States. With specialized expertise in the latest advances in digital technology, biotechnology, diagnostic laboratories, equine facilities, food/animal safety and the promotion of public health, FWAJDB successfully monitors the pulse of factors driving future directives in the industry.
With more than seventy completed high profile projects on more than 25 campuses in their portfolio. FWAJDB’s team of designers has provided expertise for many of the nation’s leading schools of veterinary medicine, teaching hospitals, laboratories, clinics and research and technology centers throughout the U.S. and abroad.
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