Meiners Animal Clinic

Project Summary

In the winter of 2018, local veterinarian Mary Buhman reached out to Rangel Construction company to assist her with remodeling for a momentous business relocation. Several years prior, Mary had purchased Meiners Animal Clinic from its founder, Dr. Charlie Meiners. Despite the clinic’s good reputation for animal care, in Mary’s mind the current building being utilized was no longer the best location moving forward. After some investigation, Mary made the purchase of a property less than one mile away that had plenty of room for her growing business. The new Rapid City property, located on W. Chicago Street, was originally constructed to be a landscape nursery, and included four greenhouses, a primary building for office space, and a vehicle maintenance garage. Previously, the property had been sold to a used car dealership. The dealership owners remodeled the office building, and used the greenhouse space only for storage.

Being aware of Rangel Construction’s reputation through some common relationships, Mary turned to us with her project. She had a set budget and due to some lost time had a limited timeframe to get the new building ready. Rangel Construction worked with local architect Lee Geiger to help design and construct this project. The existing building had an open floor plan with varying floor elevations and a garage floor drain system. Architect Geiger developed a scenario to increase the building’s useable space by also enclosing a significant exterior covered porch area. The new layout included a unique waiting and reception area with separate spaces for dogs and cats. For treatment, the new spaces included four exam rooms, a state-of-the-art treatment room, surgery room, x-ray room, isolation room, and boarding room. Additional services/rooms included a grieving room and two retail areas for animal products. Existing water, sewer, and electrical services were investigated and modified to meet the new facility’s needs. Per Rangel Construction’s recommendation, all new HVAC equipment was provided to improve air flow and controllability. The exterior of the building received new windows and glass front entry doors, new paint, new siding, and new gutters and downspouts. In addition, the existing roof was inspected and repaired of all leaking conditions. As for the greenhouses, two of them were converted into animal boarding space. This included the reconfiguration of existing cabinets and counters for animal care, and the installation of glass kennels for the animals. Overall, this was an excellent conversion and remodel project, and the location provided increased business for Mary Buhman the first week it was open!

Project Owner: Mary Buhman/Rockin’ Heart LLC
Original contract amount: $475,000.00
Final contract amount: $491,900.00
Point of contact:
Mary Buhman
3500 W Chicago St.
Rapid City, SD 57701