VERC had already outgrown their small space and were searching for a new location when they were informed their building was under eminent domain for a new rail line. With limited options and a tight timeline, they were fortunate to find their new home, a restored warehouse, central to urban Honolulu.

The hospital takes great pride in the amount of collaboration that exists between departments, and the new hospital was designed to reinforce that culture.

Sightlines are everywhere, especially into treatment, ICU, and induction, and cooperation is supported by offices and meeting spaces throughout the building.

The former hospital had only four exam rooms, limiting the time doctors and staff could spend with patients. The new facility has fourteen.

The hospital has the only animal MRI in Hawaii, and provides a host of diagnostic services, including endoscopy, ultrasound, and CT. Along a sterile corridor are four surgery suites, an emergency surgery, a soft tissue surgery, an ortho suite and a surgery for neuro and ortho cases. The hospital was also designed to provide cancer care in accordance with USP guidelines.

dvm360/Veterinary Economics 2022 Hospital of the Year (Over 8,000 Square Feet)

Project Name

Ethos Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center


Honolulu, Hawaii


17,243 Square Feet

What We Did

Full Architecture & Design