Restoration of FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital
Restoration of FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital began on Dr. Holder's 25th birthday and was completed on the Hall's 42nd wedding anniversary, 6 years and 28 days later. Funds for the the project was generated from Maggi Hall's former real estate company, West Volusia Properties. In June of 2004, Dr. Holder began FloridaWild as a mobile clinic working out of the basement of West Volusia Properties. In 2005, the ground level floor of the middle building was completed and the hospital moved to its current location.
Demolition and Reconstruction:
All interior walls and floors betweens levels were gutted down to exterior studs and exterior walls, then replaced with new material and painted strengthening the exterior walls and upper level. The ground level concrete floors were removed, excavated 18" for code height, reinforced, repoured, then tiled or laminated. The courtyard and parking lot concrete was removed, ground leveled, then reinforced and repoured. All windows, roofs, plumbing, and electrical were removed and replaced. Central air and heat units were installed. An underground drainage system, irrigation, fountain, iron fencing, landscaping, and decks were installed. Exterior stucco and underlaying lathe were removed and replaced with the original historic stucco pattern. The room layouts throughout all buildings were reconfigured for practicality, safety, and privacy. Woodwork in reception, retail, the bathroom, throughout the second story and Dr. Holder's office replicates the original woodwork. When it was all completed, fourteen 30-yard dumpsters and over a dozen dump trucks hauled off debris.
Awards and Recognition:
"Individual Achievement Award: in 2006 from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
Southern Living Magazine - April 2004
American Bungalow - February 2006
Stetson University - Spring/Summer 2007
Numerous newspaper articles