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Building a Safer Pet Hospital with Steel

Protect the Animals and Your Investment by Building with Steel

Pre-engineered steel buildings safeguard a pet hospital investment— as well as its precious animal patients— better than other building materials.

When fierce winds wail, lightning sizzles, fire rages, or the earth tremors, prefabricated metal buildings stand up to the challenge. Commercial-grade steel framing like RHINO Steel Building Systems provides maximum damage protection for a veterinary facility.

Steel Vet Clinic 2WINDS: Most wind damage occurs when strong winds breach the building envelope. High winds can literally lift a wood-framed roof from the building— or the entire structure from the foundation— as nails pull out under the pressure of the winds.

RHINO’s steel framing connects with high-strength bolts and nuts that hold fast against howling winds. Attached to the foundation with sturdy metal j-bolts buried in the cement, metal buildings resist the lifting force far better than lumber-framed buildings, too.

FIRE: Non-combustible steel does not burn as wood does.

Steel is never the point of ignition of a structural fire— but wood framing often is. Even if a fire does starts in a steel structure, non-combustible steel framing will not contribute fuel to spread and intensify the damage.

LIGHTNING: The U.S. Fire Administration reports lightning starts over 17,000 fires every year in the U.S. As a poor conductor of current, wood explodes into flames when lightning strikes.

Steel is a great conductor of current. In a properly grounded metal building, lightning passes through the framing and harmlessly into the earth.

EARTHQUAKES: Pre-engineered commercial-grade steel structures outperform other building methods in earthquakes, … Read more »

A Healthier Vet Hospital Starts with Steel

Building Healthy Surroundings for Animal Patients

Pre-engineered steel buildings create an atmosphere for improved health and healing in many ways for a vet hospital— as well as other medical or commercial structures. The same health benefits metal buildings afford people also benefit animals recuperating in veterinary hospitals.

Indoor Air Quality

Healthy Vet ClinicsIndoor air quality (IAQ) is of paramount concern. According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Yet an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study found harmful indoor pollutants could be up to 100 TIMES greater indoors than outdoors.

It stands to reason that improving air quality in a vet hospital benefits both the animal patients and their professional caregivers.

Most indoor air quality irritants come from inside the building itself.

Engineered wood products allow the lumber industry to stretch dwindling forests. Fabricated wood products like oriented strand board, plywood, and engineered wood products contain volatile adhesives that outgas into the building, emitting volatile organic compounds.

Steel contains no adhesives or glues. An inorganic substance, steel never outgasses or releases volatile organic compounds. Hence, steel-framed vet hospitals and clinics provide improved quality.

Of course, pet hair and dander are an irritant and indoor air pollutant. Animal-care facilities require scrupulous cleaning to keep loose dander and hair at a minimum.

High-quality air filtration systems are necessary in animal hospitals, particularly in kennel areas.


Termites love to munch on trees, be it in your yard or as framing in your building.

Lumber requires pressure treating with harsh chemicals to deter termites. Building codes in most of the country call for the injection of dangerous chemicals in the soil around wood-framed structures to reduce the chances of a termite … Read more »

Veterinary Clinic Chooses RHINO Steel Buildings

Outlaw Equine Selects on RHINO for Its New Facility

Outlaw Equine Hospital and Rehab Center began construction of a new state-of-the-art veterinary clinic in 2012. Determined to offer the finest care for horses in all of North Texas, Outlaw Equine chose RHINO Steel Building Systems to house the new facility.

Medical Care for Equine Athletes

Outlaw Equine overheadJosh Harvey, DVM, opened the Outlaw Equine (OE) in 2007.

Veterinarian medicine runs in the blood of some families.

“My father was a vet and my grandpa was a vet, it’s something I felt like I always wanted to do,” says Dr. Harvey. “To be a good equine veterinarian you have to love stress and hate sleep, but when you save a horse’s life or make them sound, that’s worth it.”

Specializing in performance-based medicine, the facility’s reputation for results spread quickly. In less than five years, OE outgrew its location. Dr. Harvey found an ideal site south of Decatur, Texas, and began planning his dream veterinary clinic.

Outlaw Equine 4In June 2012, construction on the new center began.

A 100’ x 70’ x 21’ RHINO steel building forms the front portion of the clinic for offices. A second 100’ x 230’ x 15’ RHINO steel building housing the rehab facilities connects to the first structure. Skylights in the second structure add natural lighting. Vents help keep the interior comfortable and reduce moisture build up.  (CLICK on top photo for a fly-over VIDEO of the facility.)

Perpendicular to the main core of the center, OE added horse stalls in weld-up steel wings.

Outlaw Equine 3Recently Outlaw Equine added a … Read more »

Steel Buildings in Maine

Three Reasons Mainers Build Metal Buildings

Pre-engineered steel buildings in Maine make perfect sense to the down-to-earth, practical Yankee logic of Down Easters.

Steel buildings offer many advantages, but three benefits in particular appeal to residents of the Pine Tree State:

  1. Increased fire-resistance
  2. Exceptional durability and
  3. Energy efficiency

The Great Maine Fires of 1947

Great Maine Fires of 1947Along with the Great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo Fires of 1871, the Great Maine Fires of 1947 claim a place on the list of the most devastating wildfires in U.S. history.

The spring of 1947 found Americans still elated with the end of World War II and eager to get back to business of living “normal” lives once again.

That year, after an exceptionally early and rainy spring, New England endured an unseasonably hot, bone-dry summer. For 108 consecutive days, no rain fell. The vast forests of Maine, which covered over 90% of the state, became dangerously dry. Maine officials feared fires might erupt at any time. In October 1947, their worst nightmares came true.

The Forest Service began receiving reports of small fires near Bowdoin, Portland, and Wells. By October 16, twenty separate wildfires burned simultaneously across Maine. Gale-force winds blew in suddenly, fanning the flames and spreading fires at phenomenal rates.

The fires destroyed phone lines, making communication impossible. Inadequate, under-trained, and ill-equipped local fire departments had no hope of stemming the tide of destruction. Smoke covered the state, making visibility difficult for both residents and firefighters.

steel-buildings-MAINEFishermen evacuated people by sea, as Mainers fled the conflagration. The USS Little Rock, harbored in Boston for the annual Army-Navy Day festivities, sailed to Portland with a thousand … Read more »

Metal Buildings for Veterinary Facilities

Why So Many Veterinarians Choose Steel Buildings

Whether building a new practice from scratch or expanding a current operation, metal buildings fit the bill for all types of veterinary facilities. Pre-engineered steel buildings deliver greater usable space, simpler customization, and faster construction than other building methods.

Steel Vet ClinicsSurprisingly affordable, metal buildings promise more bang for the buck now— plus lower expenses over time.

Lower maintenance and discounted insurance premiums reduce metal building operating costs. Optional high-grade insulation packages save on energy bills in the climate-controlled portions of a veterinarian enterprise.

Building Steel Veterinary Facilities

Pre-engineered metal buildings provide many advantages to all animal care operations, including small private practices, large clinics, and even exotic animal care facilities.

All pre-engineered steel buildings, including veterinary facilities, are designed uniquely to the customer’s exact specifications. Include whatever applies for your unique practice:

• Exam and treatment rooms • Feed storage • Grooming rooms • Kennels and boarding facilities • Offices • Operating rooms • Pharmaceutical lockup • Reception and waiting rooms • Stables • Staff breakrooms

Animal hospitals, veterinarian clinics, animal boarding facilities, and shelters enjoy the benefits inherent with steel structures.

STRONG: Stronger than any other building material, steel takes far fewer pieces to construct a much sturdier structure. Fewer framing members means a much lighter frame, so less concrete is required for the foundation. It also means your veterinary building goes up faster than other building systems.

FLEXIBLE: For the ultimate in interior layout flexibility, nothing beats unobstructed metal framing. Completely self-supporting, a clear span steel building requires no interior walls or columns.

Design your vet business to blend seamlessly into an existing commercial area. Finish out your structure with colorful steel panels, glass, brick, block, stone, stucco, or even wood to create the perfect personality … Read more »