Advice for Medical Office Floor Plan Design in Tenant Buildings

by Sean O'Hara on June 10, 2016

Medical offices present a few interesting design challenges when they are being place in tenant finish buildings. Dental and doctor offices that do not provide 24 hour care are a business occupancy but there are additional design considerations.

  • The use generally requires a fully accessible building. This can be an issue for older buildings that may need to be retrofitted.Space must be found on an accessible route.
  • In many jurisdictions the parking requirements can be higher. If the building was planned with a lower density use, the adequacy of parking may need to be addressed with the zoning department. There may also need to be adjustments to the number of handicapped parking spaces.
  • Hazardous materials must be accounted for like oxygen and nitrous. These will generally need to be stored in rooms with venting to the outside and fire ratings.
  • Lighting, mechanical and power needs are generally greater than a standard office. Existing systems may need to upgraded and additional space allotted.
  • Careful attention must be given to sound attenuation and privacy both for patient comfort and to meet HIPAA regulations.
  • Surfaces and casework need to be more carefully thought out for cleaning and function.

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Originally posted 2009-09-23 11:29:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean O'Hara January 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Please let us know if we can help.

loutoby January 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

i am thinking about getting some office spce for my new venture.
I may have to build something

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