The Veterinary Teaching Hospital, at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, was bursting at the seams and not well configured. Sporadic growth over the years led to different services landing in spaces that were merely available, not efficient or convenient.
Tipton Associates provided the School of Veterinary Medicine with a masterplan to address a phased series of expansions, relocations and renovations, and to optimize service adjacencies and amenities. Faculty and staff surveys created a picture of current and future needs. In addition, multiple “town hall” meetings took place where the Tipton team met with service chiefs as well as other faculty to plan the work and prioritize phasing. Careful review of the budget revealed too that LSU has no need to build a whole new hospital to compete in 21st-century veterinary medicine.
In seven phases, the masterplan allows every service to remain operational during the course of construction. The completion of the Stephenson Pet Clinic (designed by Tipton, with BDA Architecture, and currently under construction) begins a domino effect of services moving and expanding over the ensuing decade. We are currently leading programming services for SVM’s Junior Surgery, in association with Susan Sharp Design.