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image Huffman Builders and Callaway Architecture’s project, Village Veterinary Center in Cross Roads, blends seamlessly into its rural setting thanks to the use of rugged stone and masonry.

DALLAS/FT WORTH - An acre of land in the small rural town of Cross Roads holds many building possibilities, especially if that acre is positioned next to a Walmart in a high-traffic area. One veterinarian saw the possibilities, recognizing 11930 US Hwy 380 as the perfect spot to build Village Veterinary Center, a 4010sf clinic that could serve the pet owners of Cross Roads and surrounding areas.




    The veterinarian approached Callaway Architecture’s Scott Stone and Kim Ward and Huffman Builders’ Jerry Huffman, Tim Huffman, Joanne Huffman and Gray Harrison with a detailed wish list. The clinic would need four exam rooms, a lab area, space for two treatment tables, surgery and x-ray rooms and an intensive care unit. The facility would also need to include a cat boarding room, dog boarding kennels containing 14 private cages and a bank of smaller cages, a full-service grooming area, two play yards, two private doctors’ offices and a clinic manager’s office.
    The team was eager to tackle the wish list, but the weather had other plans from the beginning.
    “Weather during pad prep and site utilities was a little bit of a challenge and did cause some delay,” Gray Harrison says. “We pushed as hard as we could go to get dried in as soon as possible so we could focus on the finish out as the weather improved.”
    Once the rain abated, the team completed the prep and the building started to take shape. To complement the land’s country setting, stone and brick were chosen for the building’s exterior, with cedar beams and a metal roof adding to the rural effect. Because the interiors would need to stand up to the wear and tear of a variety of animals but still appear welcoming to pet owners, Joanne Huffman selected interior design elements with consideration.
    “First impressions are vital to attracting and retaining clients; not only did we pay close attention to the building’s curb appeal, but we also paid close attention to the interior reception and exam rooms,” Joanne Huffman, who provided interior design for the project, says. “The main reception is quite spacious, and the ceiling heights are tall giving the space a sense of grandeur. We also wanted ample daylight to flood the space, so in order to achieve this we planned for large picture windows around the main entry and reception. The client wanted a relatively open floor plan with extra wide hallways to reduce bottlenecks and allow for high traffic and flow. We used a variety of warm and coordinated colors for the main facility, specifying warm-colored luxury vinyl wood plank for the flooring and matching that color with a warm plastic laminate for the doors. In the exam rooms, we added pops of bold colored cabinets to keep the spaces without direct sunlight feeling bright.”
    Even with the weather delays, the team completed the turn-key project in an impressive time span of 10 months, and was happy that their client’s vision was fulfilled.
    “We were really pleased with the end result,” Tim Huffman says. “Dr. Hurst is great and her patients love her. Business is booming and it has just as much to do with her, her staff and the range of services she offers and it does with fresh new surroundings.”
    Huffman Builders, which operates from its locations in Plano, Denton and Cedar Park, offers construction services in all aspects of specialty medical facilities and turnkey medical/professional offices. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net