Oral Health Group

Office Design: Dare to Dream

June 1, 2003
by Dental Practice Management

The O’Connor Dental Health Group is located on the ground floor of the Clarica Center in downtown Ottawa. This spectacular office was produced by a joint venture between CLWG Design Inc, and Henry Schein Arcona. Even though CLWG Design Inc. and Henry Schein Arcona have designed five other offices for Dr. Michael Rizk, his specific instructions for this office were to take it over the edge, and that they did.

Dr. Rizk was looking for a professional, corporate look with a warm, tranquil environment. The office is approximately 3,000-sq-ft. It has a greeter’s station in the reception area, four sit-down patient processing areas, business office, consultation room, seven operatories, two sterilization areas and two in-house laboratory areas.


The reception area has a greeter’s desk made of mahogany with a marble counter top. So as not to make the reception area feel so closed in, 9-ft cast glass panels, designed by Joel Berman were used. These glass cast panel doors separated the reception area from the patient processing area.

The processing area has four processing stations. The challenge in this area was to use the 14-ft ceilings without making if feel like you were in a concert hall. The designers used 10-ft. metal curved panels suspended from the ceiling and placed pendulum light fixtures through the panels above each check out counter.

The main corridor leading to the operatories has a vaulted ceiling with three contemporary Italian fixtures. The operatories have mahogany wood paneling with custom built, bird’s eye maple cabinets and granite countertops.

The yellow marmoleum flooring accents the soft beige leather Midmark Dental chairs and units. The soft color accents create an ambience of warmth, comfort and professionalism, which is exactly what the Doctor ordered.

Dr. Michael Rizk thanks Eric Pepin of Callaghan, Letellier Wiens Gibbons Facility Planning and Design Inc., Beverly Robertson & Scott Lyall of Henry Schein Arcona, Dave Mclatchie and Michael Moore of Anderson Smith Mechanical Engineering, Giamberardino Construction Inc. June MacDonell, Paula Partner and Dan Cook of Clarica Leasing & Operations.

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