Whether you are starting your first dental practice in the Okanagan, or moving your established clinic into a bigger space, a dental building project can seem overwhelming. The expert Kelowna, BC based project managers at Chriscan have compiled a list of tips to help you realistically manage your upcoming dental office build.
Know Your Budget
Knowing your budget is more than just planning a dollar figure to spend. Knowing your budget means establishing whether or not your planned dollar figure is realistic. The best way to establish a realistic budget is to speak with a professional with experience building and managing projects of a similar scale. Dental offices have many unique requirements that will need special attention in your budgeting phase. Having an experienced designer and a completed design will enable you to achieve a far more comprehensive financial plan. This and an experienced contractor can help you to avoid unexpected expenses down the road.
Think about coordination.
There are many moving parts within a dental building project that will necessitate detailed planning and coordination. Strong project management will create a smooth project from start to finish helping you to avoid surprises. Unlike most other construction projects, sub-trades are often required to work in conjunction to keep things moving smoothly and efficiently. Strong project management will keep your project on time and on budget.
Develop a realistic timeline.
It is important that you work through the dental building process in the proper order and speed. It all begins with the search for a location for your new clinic. Try to make sure that the design, tendering, permit, and construction time will not exceed your allotted turing period. This must be considered before you sign a lease. Solid organization will go far in keeping your project on time.
Consider The Pros and Cons of Renovating With the Doors Open
If you are expanding an existing office it is difficult but not impossible to continue operating throughout the construction phase. Understand the elements of this decision and the impact construction will have on your workflow. Get an expert involved to establish a comprehensive construction schedule which will help you prepare for the inconveniences a renovation will bring.
Plan employee engagement.
Speak with your employees about their wants and needs in your new clinic space. This will help maximize the efficiency of your new space and can make for a great team-building exercise. Ensure your staff has a realistic understanding of how the upcoming project will affect their day to day.