From preliminary planning through to equipment specification, layout, and complete fit-out design, Therian can provide support as needed.

By using Therian’s animal architecture specialists as a subject matter experts, we can:

  • Liaise with the primary architect or building designer
  • Provide design direction specific to the animal care aspects of the design
  • Present consultation on the specialty aspects of animal facility design

Business owners and operators may retain Therian as subject matter experts to assist with early project planning and development, and as a supporting design consultant when Therian is not providing full pet facility design and architectural services.

Feasibility Assessment

A feasibility assessment is the first step in creating a development plan.

Pounds and shelters
For council pounds or not-for-profit shelters, we can calculate required kennel capacity based on historical numbers of animals served or target annual numbers of animals anticipated. We then translate the kennel capacity into a required facility size.

Vet clinics
For veterinarians, we can build a space listing and estimated clinic size based on services to be provided and number of veterinarians on staff. Alternatively, we can evaluate existing sites or lease opportunities to illustrate exactly what can fit within the site constraints under consideration.

Therian can help ensure that any location you are considering will work for your immediate and long-term needs.

Project Briefing

By carefully listening to your goals and needs, we gather all of the information available and create a document that will guide the development of your project as you move forward.

The project briefing is inclusive of the feasibility study, but expands beyond simple number-crunching to document many other specific features or qualities to memorialise the vision for the project.

The project briefing is not only a road map to set the project in the initial direction, but also will be a reference throughout the design process to check against and confirm design decisions.

Peer Review

For building owners that are already working with another architect, Therian can peer review your design.

During our independent evaluation, we will advise on specific areas critical to the operation of an animal care facility. The peer review can take place at any stage of design:

  • At the early stages of design, we look at traffic flow, adjacencies, and room size
  • At the later stages of design, we review material selections for durability, ventilation, drainage, and other highly technical issues

Design Guidance

Therian understands the business of animal care: whatever your question, our animal architecture experts are available to help.

We can tailor a specific scope of services for your situation, or work on an hourly consultation basis if needed to give you the guidance you need.

Whether building planning related, materials, equipment, or the entire process, please contact us to see how we can help you from initial conception through to final move-in and beyond.

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