When constructing a medical store, consider the following:
Location: The store must be accessible to all the health facilities or units to be served. Ideally, a medical store should be located by itself on a separate lot to enhance security and minimize human and automobile congestion. Ensure road access for the largest vehicle that might ever need to come to the store. Do not build the store close to trees with big roots. This can kill the tree, and conversely, trees with aggressive root systems can damage the building’s foundation.
Shading: Locate the store in an area where trees can be planted to provide shade and offset high temperatures.
Trees: Although it is ideal to have trees planted for shade, check the condition of any trees already on the site regularly. Cut down any weak trees so they do not fall on the building during inclement weather. Trim the other trees to avoid falling branches.
Drainage: Build the store on a raised foundation to allow rainwater to drain away from the store. If possible, locate the store in an area on higher ground.
Accessibility: Locate the store so that supplies can be easily received and distributed. This can be near an airport, or near the national road or canal system.
Security: Provide the store with adequate security from thieves, fire, etc. Fencing or perimeter walls are often used to improve security and control access.