Hard ceilings in the veterinary clinic: Just don't

March 21, 2019
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.

'You'll be going down a horrible acoustic road,' veterinary architect says.

HospitalDesign360 conference speaker Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB, has seen a trend lately in veterinary architecture, and he doesn't like it. We're talking about the returning tendency to use hard ceilings-gypsum board or dry wall material. These have one major drawback:

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"They are not sound absorptive at all, in fact just the opposite-they reflect sound," he says.

They can even amplify the sound in certain cases, Chapel says. So, at a time when we're very conscious of all sensory input on pets' experience in the exam room, his advice is to use these surfaces very conservatively.

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