Six fantastic fads in veterinary hospital design
Design trends in veterinary hospitals come and go, but some stand the test of time. Veterinary Economics asked three architects to share with us the fads they’ve seen that have lasted—and others they say are going the way of the Dodo.
Which fads are the extinct flightless variety? Our architects told us:
Large doctors’ offices. They were designed to double as space for quiet reading or small meetings. In practice, these offices sat vacant most of the time.
Vaulted ceilings. They make utility repair and adjustment difficult, and they lack the noise control a lower ceiling provides for this space.
Drive-through services. People love the idea, but it just doesn’t seem to catch on.
Do this instead:
Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB, of Chapel Associates Architects, in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, and Vicki Pollard, AIA, CVT, of Animal Arts in Boulder, Colorado, contributed to this story.