Architectural Features

The primary focus for the following architectural features, especially the interior surface features, is to create a durable, easy to maintain, sanitizable surface, capable of withstanding scrubbing, chemical cleaning and disinfecting agents, and impact from high-pressure water. All surface junctions and penetrations should be sealed to facilitate air balancing and vermin control. Animal facility interior surfaces are exposed to much abuse in the normal conduct of animal care and use. Selections made with an eye toward "saving" money on architectural features rarely prove to be wise and could easily cost many times more in long-term maintenance costs than the initial cost "savings." It is also true that "expensive" does not necessarily guarantee a satisfactory performance.

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