When Verch Dental Ceramics faced possible citations for overcrowding from the city fire marshal, partners Christopher Verch and Tom Turntine knew it was finally time to move out of their 3,150-sq.-ft. leased laboratory. They decided to buy and renovate a 10,000-sq.-ft. building just down the street and had three goals in mind; reduce noise, decrease dust and maintain good temperature control.
The eight-month renovation not only created more space and comfort, it also prepared the lab for the digital revolution.
"We believe that digital technology is just beginning and, since our plan is to have the capacity to be part of this trend, we've built our infrastructure to accommodate it," says Verch, vice president of the Ellisville, Missouri lab.
For instance, they invested heavily in a server that can handle large amounts of digital data--like digital RXs, and model and impression scans--quickly and safely. Data ports with Cat5e cabling are also positioned throughout the lab to service future CAD and CAD/CAM systems. "Now that we have the capabilities and the space, we're ready for a digital future," says Verch.