November Construction Update - Finish Work for UVS' New Home
Work outside Upstate Veterinary Specialties’ new hospital at 152 Sparrowbush Road approaches completion. The hospital signs, parking-lot and exterior building lights are now illuminated in the evenings. The series of building inspections continues to proceed according to schedule.
Inside the building desks and cabinetry for the reception area will be some of the last furniture to be installed. Waiting room seating will arrive the week prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony on December 15. UVS staff and doctors will be present for this ceremony as well as elected officials, investors and the building contractor and architect.
Where final flooring has been installed it has been covered by cardboard to protect it during final construction work and moving. Exam rooms for all the specialties (Cardiology, Surgery, Neurology, Internal Medicine, and Ophthalmology) near completion. The cabinetry, exam tables, sinks and flooring have all been installed.
The physical therapy department will experience some significant developments at the new hospital. The layout of the consultation/exam room bears some similarity to the other exam rooms until one looks at the floor. The non-slip gorilla flooring will help patients with mobility deficits. The ceiling of the rehabilitation treatment room itself will feature an overhead support track to support patients during underwater- or land-treadmill therapy.
The spaces adjacent to the central treatment and emergency / ICU are prepared for the installation of small animal kennels which have recently been delivered to the new hospital. A separate, sound-isolated ward will allow for anxious feline patients to recuperate apart from barking dogs and the gates for larger dog “runs” will be installed soon. In addition an oxygen cage will provide additional support emergency or critical care patients with respiratory complications.
The doctors and staff of UVS excitedly prepare for a transition to the 23,000 square foot hospital. With a new 24-hour emergency service, a new work environment and many new colleagues the close of 2015 will be a powerful time of transition for the team.
Our commitment to our patients, their owners and our veterinary colleagues remains steadfast during the transitions. We look forward to sharing in the future of animal health care in the capital region and beyond.