Behold: The Construction Contract

Oddly enough, it’s not the fine print to which you are vulnerable It would require the text equivalent of “Gone with the Wind” to adequately describe the details necessary to execute an average dental office construction project. As a result, most contracts, including the American Institute of Architects document, defer the “description of services” to

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Design Is How It Works!

“Design isn’t just what it looks or feels like. Design is how it works.” -Steve Jobs The phrase, “Form follows function” is not simply a cliché reference to modern architecture; it’s an element of ergonomics and human engineering; and that is the basis for good design.  Therefore, the primary goal of our services is to

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Design Projectoscopy (Feasibility Study)

I can’t help but speculate that the aversion to performing a feasibility study is as much emotional as it is financial. Clearly there is a cost factor that may dissuade the fiscally faint-of-heart- despite its proven worth. However, my perception is that a feasibility study evokes the emotional equivalent to that of having a colonoscopy.

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Lose The Jugs!

Dental offices use a lot of water! Not by volume, but by variety [there are four]: washing/flushing; drinking; sterilizing; cooling/irrigating- and each has it’s own peculiarities. Three of them require a storage container or “jug”. And the fourth may be subject to the need, as well. In most cases, hand washing, laundering and toilet flushing

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The Construction Contract

Oddly Enough, it’s not the Fine Print to which you are Vulnerable! It would require the text equivalent of “Gone With The Wind” to adequately describe the details necessary to execute an average dental office construction project. As a result, most contracts- including the AIA [American Institute of Architects] document, defer the “description of services”

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Don’t Always Rely on Statistics

If You Rely On Statistics As A Guide When Planning An Office, You Are Likely To Become One Of Those Very Statistics! This article was inspired by a recent conversation that I had with Linda Miles [Linda Miles & Associates] during which she shared another of her pearls of practice management wisdom. Her client was

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Six Truths About Dental Cabinetry/Millwork

THEORY #1: Pre-manufactured dental cabinetry offers superior ergonomic design. TRUTH: One would expect that to be true. Unfortunately, that is a profound fallacy! In fact, many of the products designed and produced by those companies necessitate class IV and class V movements for the assistant and clinician to access equipment and materials; thereby necessitating the

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Planning a New Office?

Would you like to save $40,000 before you start?  We do this for our clients on a regular basis! Feasibility Study: Based on the fact that our client was intending occupancy of a newly-constructed, Class-A office building in a vital and active commercial district, he felt that a feasibility study wasn’t warranted; but reluctantly agreed

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Professional vs. Amateur Design

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” -Red Adair O.K… You’ve done your homework and have determined that your entire office project costs (construction, millwork, etc.) amount to $352,000.  Would you consider handing a check for that amount to the person that you

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Absence of Pain Equals Absence of Pathology! Right!?

How disturbing is it when a patient refuses routine diagnostics simply because they have no symptoms and they wish to save money?  How distressing is it to have to treat that patient for a preventable disease that has finally progressed to a symptomatic, intolerable or critical state? To make matters worse, how unsettling would it

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Free Office Design

How Much Will That Cost? If you invested several hours of your time with a free-dental-office-design-service-provider and later discovered that the plan did not meet building code- or your needs- was it “free”? Doubtful! Unfortunately, this scenario is common and it’s an experience to which we are all too familiar; having “inherited” many of these

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