For a large percentage of people, a trip to the medical office is anxiety inducing. The right design really can make or break a medical office because many patients build trust in the work provided through these subtle decisions. Word-of-mouth is important for medical offices and clinics, so a better experience leads to loyal patients.
Here’s a few other tips and tricks that our experts at Stryker Construction recommend.
What Types Of Design Can A Medical Office Contractor Help With?
Intentionality is important for people to feel cared for as a patient. This can be a simple change from more seating in a lobby, or renovating the bathroom to make sure it’s easily accessible. Once we’ve assessed the square footage of your medical, dental or office space, we’ll make progress on the commercial build out process for functionality.
Now that telehealth has become a common practice, lots of medical office construction companies focus on accommodating space for it. Changes as simple as integrated workstations and computers are easy to incorporate in design plans.
Making an office space easy to navigate helps both patients and employees feel as if they belong in a specific place. Specialized practices need to consolidate space for larger medical instruments, too.
How Will You See These Design Benefits For Your Practice?
For starters, layout, lighting and better ventilation is proven to reduce medical errors, low-stress levels for staff members and promote quicker healing rates. Large windows that let in plenty of sunlight year round will brighten the building and ensure that the space doesn’t seem gloomy. Everyone will feel satisfied with an environment that puts health and safety first.
Simple design changes to initially integrate include acoustically absorbent ceiling tiles and flooring, carpets or luxury vinyl tile. Updating the ceiling is a great way to muffle distracting noises during an already stressful time and it adds to privacy by preventing echoes.
Widening hallways is also a simple and common way to ensure the flow of people doesn’t lead to congestion and safety issues when rounding a corner. A similar concept is wayfinding, as it helps to guide visitors through their environment with floor and wall indicators. An added bonus is that it keeps your practice compliant with accessibility requirements.
Single patient room setups help minimize stress because of the privacy, comfort and seamless transfers from one part of the office to another. For any interior windows, tinting options or blinds can help balance privacy with easy visibility for staff, so they can visually check on their patients without interruption.
An environment where people feel at ease is especially important for your smallest visitors. Kid-friendly medical office design consists of implementing specially designed rooms with fun themes, or game stations that feel like home.
We’ve seen a trend in the use of higher quality building materials for high traffic areas. With more comforting touches around the space, from aesthetically pleasing artwork to small water features to dress up the waiting rooms, patients will notice the difference.
For additional ideas on trends, check out our recent blog post here.
Plan Your Ideal Medical Office Design With Stryker Construction
You dream it, we build it. With a combined 40 years of experience in the field, Stryker Construction can help your medical office design become a space that feels productive and efficient. We strive to help you provide better care and reach more patients.