Building Design for Animals

Roger B. Fingland, DVM, MBA, DACVS
The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

“The BDA team brings innovative and exciting alternatives to the design process at every level. Working with the BDA team is like working with experienced veterinarians who also happen to be architects. They know how veterinary teams work within the space and how animals behave in a hospital environment. They have extensive knowledge and experience with a broad range of equipment, casework, furnishings, lighting and furniture. We relied on the BDA team to guide all our selections because they know what works and what doesn’t work and, importantly, what works best for specific design goals.”

Randy Spencer, DVM
1st Pet Veterinary Centers

“In my opinion, BDA Architecture is the best veterinary architecture firm in the nation. That is why I selected them for my first project and why we have stayed with them. They provide a high quality hospital with excellent design and use of space. They continue to be on the leading edge of veterinary architecture and in every project they have brought forward new ideas, materials and options.”

Bonnie Brocato, Facility,  Projects and Renovation Manager
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

“BDA brought design elements and ideas to the table that were creative and unique to animal care. We are excited about the elements that will create productive workflow which are truly needed at SVM at this time.”

Steven Parker, Chairman & CEO
K-9 Resorts Daycare and Luxury Hotel

“Our company has been working with BDA for over two years now and we are extremely pleased. BDA really gets to know their clients so they can better assess their needs. They understand the issues specific to animal care. K-9 Resorts is a franchise company and we also have specific needs and BDA has always delivered on time. I especially appreciate the fact that BDA bends over backwards to accommodate their clients and the staff at BDA is always accessible and responsive. I would give BDA my highest recommendation!”

Douglas Mader, MS, DVM
DABVP (C/F, R/A), DECZM (Herpetology)

“It was a pleasure working with BDA. The planning started about 2 years prior to the actual build and they were there for me from the beginning. They outlined their services with great detail and stayed on budget the entire project. They took my ideas and dreams and helped make them a reality, utilizing their years of experience. The final design and ultimate finished product met all of our expectations and beyond. If and when I build another facility I will definitely use BDA again.”

Harley Boos, DVM
Arroyo Grande Veterinary Hospital

“My project first started about 4 years ago when I first identified the real estate. I met Wayne Usiak at the AAHA conference in Phoenix. I talked to a lot of different architects, but Wayne was the most receptive. He helped me with the feasibility of the property. The design with his firm was very easy even though I was in California and he is in New Mexico. They were very conscious of what things cost and communicated that very well. They were instrumental in the permitting process as well as the loan process. I have been in my new 6600 sq ft clinic for over a year. The clinic is beautiful as well as functional. I honestly would not change a thing.”

Patty Lechten, DVM
Allandale Veterinary Hospital

“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work with an architect that specialized in veterinary hospitals. From the first time I spoke with Wayne from BDA, I knew that even though we would be working long distance, it was still a perfect fit. Wayne flew to Ontario to help with site selection, so was familiar with our location. The questionnaire we were provided made the design phase so easy. The contractor and I then flew to Albuquerque where we sat with the architect and went over each and every detail. The staff at BDA were available for questions through every stage of the build. Everything worked seamlessly and the distance did not seem to create any complications. In many cases, the time change even worked in our favor as someone was still in the office as questions came up at the end of the day. And generally my frantic phone calls were dealt with immediately even if it meant interrupting someone. I would definitely recommend BDA to anyone, because after all they did design the 2013 Veterinary Economics Hospital of the Year for us!!”

Jason Berg, DVM
Animal Specialty Center

“We liked the easy-going, but interested and energetic, style of BDA's architects. They are professionals, well-informed about the veterinary industry. ”

Gary Holfinger, DVM
South Suburban Animal Hospital

“They were very good in the layout of costs and budget. They gave us a framework for making decisions.”

Gary Gallerstein, DVM
Acacia Animal Health Center

“Wayne Usiak and BDA promised me a Buick... they delivered a Mercedes. ”

Diana Augustine
Midland Animal Clinic

“BDA performed beyond my expectations. I'm a flag-waving fan.”

Jim Clark, DVM, MBA
Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin

“After doing several previous projects using local architects, we chose BDA for a fairly complex remodel of a 24/7 emergency/specialty facility. Their remarkable veterinary-specific knowledge was a huge benefit, greatly simplifying the entire design process. We were impressed by the caliber of their team, including their attention to detail and excellent advice on everything from cabinetry to colors to HVAC design. Rather than taking a 'cookie cutter' approach, BDA listened to our suggestions to ensure we were happy with the end result. They also did an excellent job of staging the project so that we could remain operational throughout the entire construction process. An added bonus was that at the end of the day, their fees were no more than those of local architects with far less expertise in veterinary design and construction. - ”

Garth A. Waddoups, DVM
Brigham Young University, Idaho

“We believe that at the end of the day, BDA has both saved us many dollars, and elevated the type of facility we are ending up with. I would recommend them to anyone that is involved in any veterinary or animal facility, in any aspect of the profession. They have educated themselves and continue to do so. They are on the cusp of technology and how it relates to our profession. It has been a pleasure to work with them.”

Garth A. Waddoups, DVM
Brigham Young University, Idaho

“They [BDA] have done this long enough that they have a very firm grasp on the veterinary profession and where it is headed. They were able to project some of the trends in the equipment and technology that dictated some consideration in design and construction, even reaching into the future on things that may become part of our facility in years to come.”

Jack Whitmore, DVM
Steubner Airline Veterinary Hospital

“We looked at several architectural firms before deciding on BDA to design our hospital. We decided to use BDA for several reasons. We wanted a firm that designed only veterinary hospitals. We looked at BDA's track record of some 25 Vet Economics hospital award winners and were impressed with their portfolio. We soon found that working with their staff is like working with close family and with today's technology, communicating ideas and plans was seamless even with the distance separating us and the BDA office. We are very happy with the product and the process and have ended up with an impressive and functional hospital.”

C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS
Colorado State University

“I would like to say that we've been in your building for 2-1/2 years and everything still looks great and it is serving our purpose well. Its appearance always impresses visitors and I wouldn't change anything about the way it was designed.”

Michael Kotlikoff
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

“Cornell hired BDA to work with a developer to design the renovation of an existing 20,000 sq ft building in Stamford CT, which will become the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, an advanced emergency/referral practice. Our experience with the firm has been excellent; despite significant time and cost constraints associated with this project, BDA has delivered an exciting and innovative design and their work has been essential in our ability to move this project forward. The firm has tremendous experience in the field and comes to the table with a full set of options and alternatives, as well as the most up-to-date information on equipment and technology design issues. I enthusiastically recommend them for any sophisticated veterinary facility and would be glad to provide any additional information required.”