March 23, 2017
by Dentistry on Centrepointe
Dentistry on Centrepointe is a study in thoughtful design. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the new office is the fulfillment of Dr. Gurneen Sidhu and her husband (and Operations Manager), Shubho Biswas’ vision for a space that enhances productivity, reduces stress, and implies excellent care for patients.
Armed with ideas gleaned at seminars, and with a preliminary plan by Design Ergonomics in the U.S., they approached Toronto-based designer Jean Akerman to bring their project to fruition.
Familiar with their “lean design” concepts, Jean worked in tandem with Desergo to fine-tune the layout and ensure OBC compliance.
The maximization of space was extremely important. Using in-wall cabinetry by Ergonomic Products, ops are compact and efficient: instruments and supplies are easily reached, and specialty equipment, housed in centrally located mobile carts, is brought in as needed. The sterilization area includes a wall of clear Tip Out bins for rapid access, visibility, and management of stored supplies.
In the waiting area, with refreshment counter and child-oriented gaming area, patients enjoy a relaxed experience, shielded from noise and conversation at the reception/re-appointing desk. A small hallway effectively separates both these areas from the treatment hall, further reducing sound and cross contamination.
The colour palette is clean and refined, with occasional splashes of colour. Flowers painted on acrylic panels (a recurring theme), are colour-coded to the operatories, facilitating way finding.
By consolidating functionality and patient comfort, the designer has created a work environment which, says Shubho, is “a work of art that we love working in, and our patients love visiting.”