October 1, 2001
by Dental Practice Management
The objective of this project was to create a dental office designed not only for efficiency but, more importantly, to provide an environment and ambiance that emulated soothing home comfort.
The premises are typical storefront: narrow (28 ft) and long (57 ft), with windows only at the front. By using glass and glass block partitions at strategic locations, natural light is brought into the waiting/reception area, as well as the children’s play area and two operatories at the front. A thick glass countertop with bar stools facing the street at the waiting area creates the comfortable feeling of a coffee bar.
The overall design is a West Coast theme that maintains a clean, sophisticated attitude. Bruce strip wood flooring is used throughout, with colour-coordinated porcelain tiles covering areas where the operator’s chair casters roll. The design of the reception area includes dark-stained maple and washed river rocks under glass tops. All dental cabinets are custom-designed not only for specific functions, but also for their pure geometric shapes. They project an image of efficiency and cleanliness. Waiting room furniture is Stickley style sofa and kitchen barstools.
Four paint colours, all emulating colours of nature, are used on walls and ceilings creating a warm, calm atmosphere.
The final result is a dental office where the dentist feels like she is working at home and her patients feel as though they’re visiting her home. There is no reason why medical offices have to look clinical to convey that they are clean and efficient.
Design by B.L. Ling Architect Inc
Construction: M.J. Ruegamer Construction Co. Ltd.
Photography: Rob Melnychuk
Equipment Consultant: Joan Van Paridon