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Upfront Building & Design

THE CLINICAL
ASPECT
From customized
ground-up design to
pandemic-related
retrofits, it's a bullish
time for the dental office
construction market

YOU'D BE FORGIVEN for associating
the name Duo Building with residential projects. The company, founded in
1979 by Pat Malloy and Zoltan Balogh,
has won numerous accolades for their
residential renovations and custom
homes, including six Renovator of the
Year awards from the London Home
Builders' Association.
But the next time you visit your
dentist, take a good look around. It's
quite possible that Duo Building played
a role in creating that space, too.
The firm (www.duobuilding.com)
has been offering commercial services
from the outset, says John Relouw, who
runs the company alongside partners
Pat Malloy, Mark Malouin and Keelan
Malloy. And dental offices have always
been part of the mix.
" Zoltan's father was a dentist, and
I believe his brother was as well, "
Relouw explains, saying the dental
office market was a natural fit, and it's
a niche that continues to grow.
Duo Building has worked with " a
couple hundred " dentists over the past
few years, says Relouw, in places like
Woodstock, Chatham, Kincardine and
Sarnia, as well as in London.
As a full-service design-build
company, Duo Building is able to assist
with everything from a small project
like preparing an x-ray room to the
construction of a tailor-made dental
practice.
" There are other companies who
do it, but only a few who do it well, "
says Relouw, noting that designing

Duo Building's John Relouw with dentists Laurie Baybayan
and Barry Stewart of Stewart Baybayan Family Dentistry

and building a dental office requires
more than just selecting comfortable
waiting room chairs and a colour
scheme that puts people at ease.
With dental operatories, sophisticated imaging equipment, sterilization
rooms and laboratory facilities, as
well as ever-changing government
regulations to think about, Duo
Building works closely with both
dentists and dental supply companies
to make sure every project comes
together as planned.
And while Relouw says the prevention of cross-contamination has
always played an important role in
dental office design, Covid-19 forced
the industry to make significant

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changes, fast.
" We got a huge number of calls when
Covid hit, " he says. Overnight, the
open-concept dental office became a
thing of the past. " The dental college
[Royal College of Dental Surgeons of
Ontario] wanted everything closed
off. "
Since March, Duo Building has
worked to retrofit around 20 dental
offices to meet new Covid requirements. " We've added doors; we've
divided rooms by putting full glass
partitions down the middle; we've put
up plexiglass dividers as a temporary
fix, " Relouw explains.
Many dentists are also investing in
portable HEPA air purifiers to improve


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