Shady Cove is fortunate that local dentist Luke Murphy cares enough about the community to design a new office building that will fit in with the surrounding trees, land and architectural style of the former Two Pines Restaurant across the road. Murphy’s dental office is nearing completion and is the talk of the town with its Western theme that adds to the small town ambience of Shady Cove.
Moving to a larger space will offer Murphy a chance to use new technology and to accommodate his patients with better and more parking. Although his new headquarters has many amenities, Murphy wants to assure his patients that fees for services will not go up for a long time.
The building is 5,966 square feet with Murphy’s office at 2,638 sq. ft. Two other offices for lease are 1,700 and 1,628 sq. ft. Murphy said those two offices are not necessarily for medical purposes and his hope is for businesses that will benefit the local area.
During construction, R. A. Murphy Construction Company, owned by the dentist’s father, incorporated energy efficient features, said Jim Akery, Executive Product Manager. To keep heating and cooling costs down, a sloping overhang shades the windows facing west, forming a long porch that will protect patients from the elements as they enter and leave the building. Skylights over examination chairs bring light into those rooms but are energy efficient with dark tinted glass.
Akery said the country theme cost more than a standard office building but it was important to Murphy the design mesh with the local terrain. In keeping with the local concept, the Douglas fir and pine used in construction was local, renewable forest and milled in Eagle Point, according to Larry Ellis, Manager of the Eagle Point based Oregon West Lumber Sales.
The quality construction includes full dimension timber with a band-sawn texture. And the beams, posts and beveled siding on the building were custom cut, said Ellis. Inside, the use of rock carries the rural theme and large windows offer views of Aunt Caroline’s Park and other vistas.
Although ODOT required the landscaping in front include a strip of grass that will naturally filter runoff water from the parking lot, Murphy is happy to comply for a cleaner environment. He also kept as many of the native trees as possible and will use a drip system to irrigate for water conservation. And by updating some dental equipment, Murphy said the office will use less water than the average household.
Patients can expect an office that is completely digital, including X-rays and record keeping, said Murphy. Computer monitors will allow the patient to look at X-rays simultaneously while the dentist or staff views them. Intraoral cameras will take pictures and videos of the mouth so patients can see what the dentist sees. And during long procedures, patients may watch movies or listen to music.
Electric hand pieces such as drills will replace air driven pieces for quieter and smoother work, said Murphy. And a greatly upgraded sterilization room will make for a cleaner office environment.
Murphy graduated from Eagle Point High School in 1998 and from the University of Portland in 2002. He attended dental school at Oregon Health Science University, graduating in 2006. After practicing for a year at the East Main Dental Center in Medford, Murphy said he bought the Shady Cove dental practice of Phillip Lassen in 2007.
A youth leader in his church, Murphy is a resident of Eagle Point although he is giving thought to relocating to Shady Cove with his wife Rebecca and their two young children. His family is the fourth generation in Eagle Point. Discussing life in the Upper Rogue, Murphy said, “This is my home. This is where I want to be.” He added he feels blessed.
The last day at the old office is Thursday, October 29. Murphy and his staff will see patients at the new office on Tuesday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. The address is 21300 Highway 62. The phone number is 878-2115.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent