• Hannah Skidmore, MBA

How to Engineer Animal Shelters in 2022

Updated: Oct 25

Are you looking to build and renovate an animal shelter this year? The DLI has specific advice to consider regarding the health & safety and noise control within the animal shelter. Check out the practical tips below.


How to create a healthy and safe space in an animal shelter


Engineering contributes greatly to the overall health and safety of an animal care facility, specifically mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering (MEP/FP). Animal care facilities are extremely unique in their needs and services; they are unlike any other building type in terms of layout and use. Because of this, while animal care facilities know they want to prioritize health and safety in their facilities, it can be difficult to know where to start.



4 Ways to Design Your Animal Shelter for Health & Safety


DLI is here to design and engineer your facility to address the following:

· Odor and disease

· Air quality

· Cleaning

· Fire protection


Specialized Engineering and Animal Expertise


We do this specialized work through our mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering (MEP/FP) services. This type of engineering involves accounting for


· HVAC system

· Dehumidification

· Drainage

· Waste removal

· Lighting

· Generators

· Cleaning systems

· Fire alarm/sprinkler systems


It is important to have animal care experts provide these engineering services as the requirements for this building type are completely unique and require specific animal care knowledge and experience. The health and safety provided in the engineering of an animal care facility is vital to the success of the facility.


How to control the noise in an animal shelter


Noise in animal care facilities remains one of the greatest concerns of animal care facility owners and neighboring property owners alike.


5 Reasons Why Noise Control is important when designing an animal shelter


Noise affects animal stress levels, pet comfort and health, staff comfort, public perception, and the overall shelter experience. It is important to engineer your facility in a way that takes noise control into account from the beginning of design.


There are two main types of noise concerns for animal care facilities: reverberation and transmission. Reverberation refers to sound within a space or room and transmission refer to sound moving from one space to another. Both noise concerns are important to address in any animal care facility, but they are addressed in different ways through the engineering and design of the facility.


Engineering and design for noise control must consider things like wall construction, room adjacencies, animal locations, layouts, porous vs. nonporous finishes, HVAC duct routing, and many other aspects unique to animal care. All of these design elements work together to create a quiet and calm facility.


Ready to engineer a healthy, safe, and noise-controlled animal shelter?


Mark your calendar for Scott Learned’s talks on

  • Noise Control Engineering & Design for Animal Shelters or Health Wednesday April 20th

  • Safety in Animal Shelter Engineering & Design on Thursday April 21st

at the Animal Care Expo by the Humane Society in Orlando, FL April 19-22, 2022. And, Schedule a virtual consultation with the Design Learned team today!


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