Today we chat to Kent Desarmia, UNITA Health’s National Business Director. Joining us earlier this year to lead our team of medical fit-out specialists, Kent has delivered countless projects for many of Australia’s leading healthcare practitioners.
How did you get into the construction industry?
After 10 years of working closely with Dental Supply companies, I was offered the opportunity to work with a specialist dental + medical design and construct firms. Since then, I’ve been involved in almost every medical discipline from establishing small dental clinics to ground up large multi-discipline healthcare practices. I’ve really enjoyed helping medical professionals around Australia to realize their practice dreams.
What does the future of healthcare design & fit-outs look like?
Traditional healthcare design has been slowly changing from the plain, medicinal look and with the recent pandemic & more people spending more time at home than usual this has accelerated. I’m finding that more medical professionals are on the hunt for fit-out experts that can deliver unique designs. UNITA Health not only has experience in delivering health care projects but with the three other design pillars of Hospitality, Retail, and Commercial Office Space to ensure each fit-out is built better.
Are there any fit-out or design trends appearing in the healthcare market?
I like to think that ‘trends’ need to be balanced with longevity. The use of natural stone, timber, steel is very prevalent right now, but these materials also ensure the end result is current for many years to come.
Any advice for medical practitioners starting out who want to establish their own practice?
Think long term, have plenty of time and patience, and make sure that you have the right team to bring your project to life – from design through builder, to financial partners and lending partners.
In your opinion, what makes Unita different from a traditional fit-out company?
UNITA Health have a team approach to every aspect of the project. From Engagement, through Design, Pre-Construction and Construction. The client is surrounded by support, guidance, and experience at all times. That coupled with our light speed abilities on site, and meeting client’s budget + expectations is a powerful force!