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Integrated Dental

PROJECT TYPE: Dental - Ground Up Build   LOCATION: Pakenham, VIC
SIZE OF PRACTICE: 600m2    COMPLETED: November 2009
SERVICES PROVIDED: Site Assessment   Architectural Design   Building Contract Administration   Space Planning   Interior Design   Interior Fitout   

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Integrated Dental Care

Dr Naomi Hollander graduated from Melbourne University in 1989 and secured a position as an intern working at Bendigo Base Hospital. The internship gave Naomi great experience of oral surgery and an opportunity to develop her skills alongside several experienced specialists. Ambitious and talented, Naomi thrived in this environment and opened her first practice just four years later.

“I find the human body fascinating and love the challenge of helping people, making lives better and seeing smiles on people’s faces when you have restored their smile.”

After several years of practice, Naomi had built up a considerable patient base and saw an opportunity to take the next step and develop a new practice from the ground up.

“I decided to develop my practice to provide my loyal patient base (that I had acquired after 20 years of practice) a place where they could relax, feel comfortable, and yet still give them the best care with state of the art equipment.”

After securing a site with excellent exposure in Pakenham, (a high growth area), Naomi began the task of finding a design and construction company and her research led her to Medifit in early 2008. After experiencing first-hand the process of establishing a practice with her initial practice, she was very aware of the challenges involved and was happy to work with a comprehensive solution provider.

“I was excited because I was given the opportunity to create and give input to another practice having had the experience already. I knew what to avoid and I know what works best.”

The site covered approximately 1500m2 and was essentially a blank canvas. With that sort of space to work with, Naomi wanted a building that would both accommodate her own practice and put her in a position to generate an income from leasing out the remaining space. She also wanted a building that stood out from a design perspective.

Medifit were able to draw upon their experience to create a building design and interior fitout concepts that answered her brief and helped define her vision for the practice.

Medifit’s Sam Koranis adds “Naomi is an accomplished investor in her own right and we sought to provide her with a building solution that optimised her return on investment. Medifit developed plans for a structure with the maximum possible floor area, with lettable spaces in addition to the main practice, whilst retaining compliance with local council regulations for access and parking.”

Naomi knew that a structure that was aesthetically pleasing, modern and spacious would be attractive to prospective tenants and Medifit developed architectural concepts to arrive at a solution that presented well from the street and offered excellent exposure for both the principle practice and other tenants. Extensive landscaping was undertaken to create a harmonious integration with the local environment and a glass lift adds a touch of contemporary elegance.

As testament to this approach, the property has been continuously occupied since the building opened in 2011.

The practice itself was designed with aesthetics and productivity at the forefront.

“My objective for my new practice is that it had to be streamlined, aesthetically pleasing, clean looking, spacious, with well thought out design for my dental needs and for the happiness of my staff.”

The design response is a light, bright contemporary practice with five generous treatment rooms and plenty of natural light. The practice covers 242m2. The comfortable waiting and reception features a kids play room, giving young patients (and their parents) a space to relax in before their appointments. The central corridor leads past reception to the treatment rooms which are grouped around the centrally located steri, lab and opg. The design also includes a private consult room, a space behind reception for administration duties, plant and IT rooms and a spacious staff and meeting room. Deft use of colour and form throughout the practice gives the space a friendly yet professional feel.

Upon approval on the building and interior fitout design, construction of the base building commenced. The base building was completed in 19 weeks and the interior fitout commenced in April 2010.

Medifit’s Sam Koranis adds:

“Like all ground up projects, this practice required significant planning and experience to ensure a great outcome. The project was built (inclusive of interior fitout) in 8 months. Thorough planning at all stages ensured that quality was never compromised and we think the end result speaks for itself.”

Five years later, the practice is functioning as well as it did on the day the doors were opened to welcome the first patients.

“I think the best aspect about Medifit is that it is a one stop shop. I don’t need to be concerned about any aspect of the project from town planning right through to the end when we receive our certificate of occupancy. All the stress is taken from the client. The other aspect I particularly love is their design of dental surgeries. It is obvious that it is their area of expertise.