Dr. Stan Avezov, Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital
I found out about Ben through a very close friend. Ben Archer helped him build his veterinary hospital. It took us about a year to find the right location to build my own veterinary hospital. Meanwhile, I had Ben help me choose the appropriate location as well as guide me in the right direction when it came time to choose a location. He was willing to show up to a potential job site with his team in order to assess if that location was worth investing money into and making sure that we will stay within the budget allotted.
I think the hardest part about jumping into this project was trying to stay within the budget. The location we were initially scouting was supposed to be between 2,000 sqft - 2500 sqft. However, we found a location that was almost 3,600 sqft. We had Ben assess the location and we all decided that we should be able to design a very nice, large veterinary hospital using a lot of the existing rooms and walls.
Ben had asked Joe Spierer, an amazing architect (and also Ben's brother in-law) to design my hospital keeping my budgetary constrains in mind. The hospital had to also conform to the modern veterinary hospital standards. The design was approved fairly quickly by the city and we started with the tenant improvements.
On the first day, when we started the demolition, I realized that Ben had hired a great team of people who knew what they were doing. Like a professional surgeon with his scalpel blade, Ben's team removed the walls that were not needed, preserving along the way, the electrical and low voltage cables so they could be re-used at a later time. This alone, saved me lots of money.
Along the way, we had several instances when we had to re-evaluate the build-out process and here again; Ben and his team were able to help me decide how to achieve the task while staying within my budget. He was able to guide me in terms of selection of material and finishes, and also in regards to the building code.
The city inspections were numerous and each one we passed without any problems. I could see that the city inspectors were very pleased with the quality of the job Ben and his team performed. Along the way, each team of subcontractors Ben had hired performed at the highest possible level. The people were always on time and present to perform the task they were hired to do.
After several months of full time work, the job was completed. The final inspection was performed and we, as expected, passed with flying colors. I am a veterinarian but by the time we finished with our build-out, I knew a lot more about the construction process. Most importantly, we stayed within the budget. This was my first hospital I decided to build and Ben made this dream a reality. Even though, the construction process is not an easy one, I am looking forward to have Ben help me with constructing more veterinary hospital in the future.
The bottom line is if you want a dependable, trustworthy, professional contractor, talk to Ben Archer first.
I will be more than happy to answer any other questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at your convenience.
Dr. Stan Avezov
Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital
2850 E. Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107