Has veterinary architect Dan Chapel ever put too much storage in a clinic floor plan?

January 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.

Go high to increase storage and eliminate dust at the same time.

According to Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference speaker Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB, having too much storage is, as they say, like being too rich or too beautiful-not likely. In this video he explains the importance of maximizing the space in your clinic and shares one way to do so. Bonus: It has a housekeeping plus.

Storage space: The final frontier

Dan Chapel says plan space for your staff and your stuff.

You only have so much space, so make the most of it.

And here are stellar ways to store stuff.

"Take (cabinetry) all the way to the ceiling and gain (the space) that, when it's not filled in with cabinets, just becomes a dust and hair catcher on top of the upper cabinets," he says.

Click the video to hear more.