Properties Magazine January 2013 : Page 59

Pet Project Veterinary team realizes dream with new state-of-the-art home for Animal Clinic of Chardon By John Elliott | Photos by Ken Krych P et owners in Geauga County and the Chagrin Valley now have one of the most professional, state-of-the art animal care facilities in Ohio available to them, thanks to the construction of the nearly 7,000-square-foot Animal Clinic of Chardon on Water Street, close to the intersection of Route 44 and Route 6. The single-story, stone and wood-frame building marks the completion of a dream by the husband-and-wife veterinary team, Drs. Tom and Wendy Frankmann. The building, located on a 1.5-acre, wooded, commercially-zoned parcel, has dedicated rooms for animal sur-gery, lab work, owner consultation and education, animal pharmacy, patient waiting, a self-serve dog wash sta-tion, staff offices and staff break areas. Assisting the Frankmanns and the 12-member staff is associate veterinar-ian, Dr. Jessica DeMarco. The $1.7 million building replaces an older, 2,400-square-foot building that the Frankmanns felt was too small and out-dated, given the new tools and procedures in veterinary medicine. The Frankmanns wasted no expense in developing a more modern facility, tapping the services of an architect that specializes in veterinary design and a builder who is known for veterinary construction. The Frankmanns realized the old building they were using would not allow them to expand. The building had some water damage on the roof, the HVAC system didn’t work properly, and there was no meeting room for clients and staff. “The building was not falling apart, but couldn’t grow as a business,” explains Wendy. She envisioned a modern build-ing and started designing an ideal facility in her mind before consulting with a builder and an architect. She met Larry Kline, owner of Mentor-based Kline Construction, a nationally known veterinary construction contrac-tor, at a veterinary conference. She met Melanie Friedman, a prin-cipal at FMD Architects in Fairlawn, while looking at veterinary equipment at Midmark, a company in Versailles, Ohio that makes medical equipment. FMD has been involved with nearly 20 clinics in the last two years, and won a Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Merit Award for the Creekside Animal Clinic completed in 2007. The Frankmanns secured a Small Business Administration loan through Live Oak Bank in Wilmington, N.C. Construction began in the fall of 2011 and completed this past August. Veterinary medicine is a field of medi-cine that has its own set of challenges, Wendy notes. “It’s a medical facility and it deals with animals,” she says. Because of this, the building must use materials that contain noise, manage air flow, and use surfaces that resist scratching, biting and liquids. Not many building types have to be as concerned with 59

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