2009-07-04 / News

PetPlex building new animal hospital

By Scott Rawdon

This is the architects rendering of PetPlex's new 9,000 square foot animal hospital being built on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake. Courtesy photo. This is the architects rendering of PetPlex's new 9,000 square foot animal hospital being built on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake. Courtesy photo. BUCKEYE LAKE - The bright afternoon sunshine gleamed off Buckeye Lake veterinarian Douglas Poorman's silver shovel as he, his staff, local officials, and contractors celebrated a groundbreaking for the new PetPlex facility June 25.

Construction begins soon on the new 9,000 square feet PetPlex Animal Hospital, which Poorman expects to be complete by Thanksgiving. The hospital is moving about a half mile east along Ohio 79.

According to a press release, the state of the art facility will include technology for digital radiography, ultrasound, surgical laser, in-house blood work, and other diagnostic tools.

PetPlex is including a boarding facility, nicknamed Club Pet, to provide deluxe accommodations for pets, who Poorman says will feel like they're on vacation, just like their owners. The new facility will also offer after-hours emergency care.

The new PetPlex facility is one of the first privately owned veterinary clinics in Ohio to be LEED registered. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system verifying that a building was designed and built using environmentally friendly strategies developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Architects Meacham & Apel designed the facility, which Lincoln Construction is building. Poorman declined to discuss the cost and said while he may need to expand his staff, he wasn't ready to speculate when.

Poorman said the tough economy wasn't going to make him change his mind. "Our clinic has outgrown its current site," he said. "This is a good time to build."

He also hopes the project will stimulate the local economy. Poorman said he chose the site because it's close to their current location and provides room for expansion.

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