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February 5, 1982

Designing and Building Your Own Professional Office

JAMA. 1982;247(5):689. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300085039

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Building or designing your own professional office can range from a nightmare to, at best, an intriguing challenge. It offers the physician an opportunity to create a personal working environment where space is adapted to his needs rather than having to make do with an already existing office. However, building a new structure or renovating an older one is a voyage through dangerous shoals, one not to be undertaken lightly. For physicians with the courage and tenacity to proceed with building, both the pitfalls and pleasures are considerable; the end result can be a uniquely personal office that is customized to bring satisfaction to the physician, staff, and patients, or it can be a succession of interminable headaches.

Few physicians have in-depth knowledge of how to plan space utilization, what the costs involved are, or even what questions to ask to decide whether or not to proceed with construction. Designing