Knapp Schmidt Architects has exclusively designed
animal care facilities, primarily veterinary hospitals and clinics,
With over 30 years experience and more than 500
buildings designed and constructed, the firm's founder E. John Knapp
and current owner Mark J. Schmidt are recognized to be experts in
their field. They have spoken at numerous veterinary conventions,
hospital design conferences, and university veterinary gatherings
on the subject of appropriate construction principles for the safety
and comfort of owners and their animal patients.
Animal care facilities actually require more knowledge
of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and
construction materials, than do human healthcare buildings. Both
sound control and odor control are of vital concern to animal care
facility owners and their neighbors.
An important part of the architectural design
responsibilities for any building is the selection and supervision
of the engineers who design the HVAC systems. KSA architects work
only with engineers who understand the special needs of animal care
facilities. Every project is supervised closely to ensure that the
HVAC design standards are met in the construction documents, and
that the equipment is manufactured and installed as designed.
Architects are professionals, are licensed by
each state, and are represented by a professional organization,
AIA (American Institute of Architects). As such they are highly
educated and required to pursue continuing education to keep current
with ongoing knowledge. KSA architects are licensed in 25 states
and will become licensed in your state upon request for services.
Many clients have a floor plan in mind, and/or
an exterior design style they want for their building. Often they
provide drawings or photographs. Your architect has the ability
to interpret and develop your requests and desires. KSA has the
experience with animal care facilities to achieve your goals.
It's a matter of creativity, knowledge,
experience, and education, all of which KSA can provide.
Principal Architect Mark Schmidt in the KSA exhibit booth at the
American Association of Equine Practitioners conference in November