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What was old is new

image The new VCA clinic in Spring Branch

HOUSTON - KAustin & Associates was the contractor for the new VCA Spring Branch location. VCA Antech, Inc., which is a veterinary service company, had their new building constructed on the same site as their existing location.





    Shane Johnson, contractor for KAustin & Associates, says they did run into some challenges because they were using a current structure. “The existing building was in poor shape. We had to continuously make repairs to the existing building to keep the client operational.” The client remained operational during the entire project. Johnson also shares that building the new clinic in the parking lot was also a challenge. “There was no room to stage materials and very little access to the site. We had to keep employees, subcontractors, customers, and VCA’s clients safe during all phases of construction.”
    The $1.6 million project took approximately two years to complete and was done in two phases. The owner of the clinic wanted to continue working, which is why Johnson and his team had to work in segments. “We constructed Phase 1 of the new building in the parking lot of the old building. We tore down the old building and partially built the parking lot. We then constructed Phase 2, which included finalizing the site work and parking lot. The client had zero downtime other than moving in over a weekend.”
    The exterior of the clinic features a brick and stucco finish with multiple windows and a glass door entrance. The VCA Spring Branch sign is located along the side of the building where it is visible to people driving by.
      The interior qualities include a neutral color palette throughout, with dark wood cabinetry. The waiting room is spacious and offers ample seating and showcases comical photos of animals. There is a large operating room with two surgical tables and other needed equipment.
    The brown, tan, and off-white color scheme creates a calming atmosphere for both the animals and their owners. It is carried into the examination rooms that have plenty of cabinet and storage space.
    “The owners had high expectations of building quality and maintaining operations during construction. The communication and willingness to work through the phasing plans and construction was exceptional,” Johnson shares about working with the owners.
    KAustin & Associates was founded in 2003 by Ken Austin and has one office location in Humble with nine employees. Their scope of work ranges from small tenant build-outs in office buildings to large-scale renovations. The firm specializes in private work that includes funeral homes, animal hospitals, medical facilities, metal buildings, and high pile storage compliance.
    Mark Nowlin, KAustin & Associates, was the project manager and Stephen Kramer, with Stephen J. Kramer Architects, was the architect for this project.
    KAustin & Associates is a full service construction, construction management, and design build-out firm. - te

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