To optimize space and operational efficiency, back-to-back kennels feature a central trench drain and a central transfer door. This ingenious design allows dogs in holding to have separate relief and sleeping areas. During cleaning, the door can be closed to hose down one side with the dog on the other side. Optionally, the door can be kept closed to use both sides of the kennel for different pups, effectively doubling the shelter’s capacity in case of overflow emergencies.
Kennels are kept clean by scooping solid wastes and then hosing down the runs using a pressurized sprayer system of hot and cold water and selected cleaning agents like a self-serve car wash. A “T Drain Cover” caps a continuous central trench drain, preventing contaminants from being washed into neighboring runs. The cover also prevents small animals or toys from falling into the drains. Additionally, a solenoid-operated water flushing system flushes water down the trenches at timed intervals, preventing the buildup of animal waste between cleanings.
Back-to-back kennels feature a central trench drain and a central transfer door
The plumbing system was designed to manage the unique challenges presented by the continuous influx of dirt, grime, hair, and feces. To address this, no sewer lines in the animal areas were designed with a diameter of less than 6 inches, ensuring robust waste management capabilities. The incorporation of hair traps and cleanouts serve to substantially reduce or eliminate clogs downstream, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of waste.
Hand wash sinks can be found strategically throughout the animal holding and handling areas, ensuring convenience, and promoting proper sanitation practices.
In summary, the design of the Murfin Animal Care Campus, led by WDM Architects, is a comprehensive approach to creating a functional and humane environment for animals, staff, and visitors. Every detail, from kennel layout and lighting to drainage and acoustics, was scrupulously considered to ensure the success of this essential project in the community.