Polished concrete in the veterinary clinicyes or no?

August 19, 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.

Shiny new insight straight from HospitalDesign360

Flooring is always a hot topic at HospitalDesign360, so it was no surprise that an attendee brought up the topic of polished concrete on our “burning questions” board (a whiteboard dedicated to anoymous inquiries which were passed on to the faculty). We ran the subject by speaker Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB, who gave an enthusiastic thumbs up.

He says that either a new concrete slab or an existing slab can be treated to excellent results.

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"They have a machine that polishes the upper surface of the concrete, revealing some of the gravel aggregate inside," he says.

Once the surface is sealed, Chapel notes, it is extremely durable and resembles terrazzo, a material known for its "bullet proof" sturdiness, as he describes it.

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