Alcoa-based general contractor, Hickory Construction, is proud to add the newly completed Big Springs Veterinary Hospital to its growing resume of medical projects. Hickory broke ground on the project, located at 820 Ross Dr., in Maryville, TN, on Wednesday, May 15, and completed ahead of schedule. Big Springs welcomed its four-legged patients and their owners to the new facility on Monday, October 22.
With spacious kennels, a client-friendly lobby, and treatment areas for dogs and cats on opposite sides of the facility, Big Springs is a welcome addition to the Maryville community. Hickory’s Vice President of Commercial Operations Chris Duncan explains that efforts were made during construction to make the space even more inviting to drivers along U.S. Highway 321.
“During the course of the sitework, we discovered that we had enough dirt to raise the building up another full foot,” Duncan says. “That increased elevation gave Big Springs better exposure to Highway 321 by making their gable sign more visible to drivers.”
The boosted visibility came in handy during Big Springs packed open house on Saturday, November 3. Big Springs owners, Dr. Carrie Talley and Dr. Deanna Walker, invited visitors to enjoy food, fun, hospital tours, a pet adoption event, artists, giveaways, and more. Attendees could also purchase a Big Springs t-shirt with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Blount County Animal Care Foundation.
Tour participants were guided through spacious exam rooms with dedicated spaces for cats and dogs. Each room was brightened by artwork of furry patients, tranquil hues, and large windows. Hickory’s services also included the selection of artwork, a color scheme, flooring, and more for the Big Springs team.
Outside of the 4,382-square-foot facility, a shaded fenced-in run provides plenty of space for dogs to exercise during their visit. “Hickory helped Big Springs review a series of lots,” says Duncan. “But one of the selling points on the lot they selected was the private and shaded dog run area.” Other building features include a dog wash area, an X-ray room, a surgery room, a treatment area and lab, several storage areas, and office space. Stuart H. Anderson, AIA, LEED AP of George Armour Ewart Architect served as the project architect.
Going forward, the Hickory team looks forward to watching Big Springs provide patients with first-class care in its new facility.