October Construction Update: Focus on UVS's New Hospital Interior
Exterior work on the new Upstate Veterinary Specialties hospital being built at 152 Sparrowbush Road in Latham is nearing completion. In addition to the cultured stone, stucco façade and the installation of the windows, doors and exterior lighting, construction is now focused on work inside the building. The hospital’s interior continues to develop into a state-of the art home for veterinary specialty and emergency care.
From the ceiling and overhead lighting to the cabinetry and exam tables the rooms are becoming more finished every day. White drop-tile ceiling is now starting to appear among the metal ceiling tracks. The 250+ pound overhead lights for the operating and procedure rooms will be mounted shortly after the supporting hardware is installed. This will allow doctors and technicians to position the light source exactly where it is needed during procedures. Also a U-shaped overhead support rail will soon be installed in the rehabilitation room to assist the mobility of patients during underwater or land treadmill therapy.
The exam tables and cabinetry are being positioned in the examination rooms although they remain draped with protective plastic during finish painting work. The installation of flooring which is appropriate for the individual room purposes will be take place soon: for example ceramic tile in the restroom, vinyl flooring throughout the hospital or “elephant bark” in the rehabilitation ward.
The goal of energy efficiency has guided some material choices for the exterior of the building including the heat-insulating properties of the “efos” stucco. The attention to “green” construction continues inside as well. Interior lighting in the hospital includes LED (Light Emiting Diode) technology which utilizes an average of 75% less electricity.
Work is currently taking place in the client/patient waiting room and front desk, including the installation of the front desk cabinetry. Windows overlook the parking lot include a large circular feature window above the hospital’s main entrance. Upstate Veterinary Specialties plans to formally open its doors to the new hospital in mid-December. Stay tuned for more information about our new facility, which will offer 24-hour emergency care 7 days per week.
If your pet is in need of cardiac, surgical, ophthalmic or other specialty care, the specialists at UVS may be able to help. If you are a referring veterinarian, our patient referral form is conveniently available online.