Susan Sharp Design, LLC was established after concluding my commitment to the design, construction and warranty phases of the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Medical Center & Veterinary Education Center (a large & small animal teaching hospital and third-year classroom building). My role on the UGA project spanned from programming & design through the construction document phases with the commissioned architecture firm, then as the primary representative of the College of Veterinary Medicine during construction, move-in, start-up and warranty phases. While working for the college my primary responsibilities encompassed construction administration, equipment planning, procurement & installation coordination and facility management. I gained extraordinary insight into the use of the facility from the operations side that will be most useful in the design of future hospital facilities.
I am a registered architect with a range of experience in the design of a wide variety of project types since 1989; and my focus since 2005 has been planning veterinary teaching hospital facilities for universities in the southeast United States (NC State, UF, AU, LSU & UGA). UGA was the first teaching hospital, in many years, to be constructed all at once. Being part of the team throughout the entire process was an extraordinary experience. We architects are usually on to the next project without knowing how the occupants really use the building and modifications that occur out of necessity. This was an invaluable learning experience.
There can be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to designing veterinary facilities; whether you are an architect, construction company, veterinarian or owner, I can assist you with the veterinary specific areas; I have a passion and an understanding for the details that go into designing facilities for animal care. I look forward to sharing insights from the projects that I have had the privilege to be a part of.