Consider maintenance and image for veterinary clinic exteriors

September 11, 2018
Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB

Dan Chapel is president of Chapel Associates in Little Rock, Ark., a nationally recognized firm specializing in animal facility design. His firm has participated in the design of more than 500 veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, and animal shelters. Past projects include two Veterinary Economics Hospitals of the Year and several Merit Award winners. Chapel is a nationally recognized expert in the field of veterinary architecture, and has served as a featured speaker on topics of animal facility design at all major veterinary conferences. He has spoken at every Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference since 1981 and has served on the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board since 1985. For a list of articles and video by Chapel, click here.

Brick used to be all the rage, but this architect says there are many great options now.

When deciding on a durable exterior for your veterinary hospital, you used to be able to choose from brick or brick.

"You want a material that looks great, but is lasting and doesn't need a lot of upkeep over the years," says HospitalDesign360 speaker Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB.

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The good news is that now there are multiple excellent choices, he says. In addition to the old standby brick, Chapel points to metal panels and a product called HardiePlank that "looks for all the world like wood," as he describes it.

And of course, the way a material looks on your building is important.

"It's the type of theme or appearance that you want your animal hospital to really project to your clients," Chapel says.

Watch the video for more.

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