February, 2010 – Oakdale, MN – Animal Emergency Clinic (AEC) recently opened the doors to its impressive new facility located in Oakdale, Minnesota. The facility will help accommodate the needs of emergency veterinary medicine, critical care and surgical specialties. Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates provided architectural, structural engineering and interior design services for the project, which broke ground in June, 2009.
AEC is a unique affiliation of east-metro veterinarians who came together to create a regional medical organization that provides critical care services not otherwise available. The clinic had outgrown its current facility and moved to a nearby site that now accommodates the 8,800 square foot structure. The next phase of a planned expansion is already being discussed.
The new facility features soundproof spaces to control noise, specially designed plumbing and HVAC systems, cabinetry specifically designed for emergency procedures, a workflow-friendly layout, an emergency generator for 24/7 continuous operation, and an overall aesthetic created to enhance the quality of medical care.
Said Dan O’Brien, lead architect and KOMA principal: “We’ve been thrilled to be involved with AEC. Medical Director Dr. Karen Reynhout, the board and the entire hospital administration have again and again shown their commitment to bringing sophisticated emergency veterinary services and specialized surgery options to the centralized facility in Oakdale. This new facility gives them the ‘home base’ they need to realize their goals.”
He continued, “The reviews we’re hearing from the staff have been nothing but positive. From technicians, surgeons and others we’re finding out that the space we designed is truly accomplishing our goal… to create a place where the care of animals is enhanced by the surroundings. This building is truly filled with innovation. Each and every space is absolutely intentional, and appears to be exceeding our expectations. ”