Acoustic panels reduce excessive barking noise in dog shelters, keeping animals calmer

Acoustic panels reduce excessive barking noise in dog shelters, keeping animals calmer

Images courtesy Chad Davis
Images courtesy Chad Davis

Sound-absorbing characteristics, fast and simple installation, and easy cleanability make Eckel panels a perfect solution to this universal problem in shelters.

Dog kennels and shelters can be noisy places. The normally hard surfaces used for walls, floors, and ceilings can create an echo chamber where one dog’s barking can reverberate throughout the entire facility. What is more, when one dog starts barking, it can excite other dogs, who then join in the cacophony, creating an unhealthy environment for both animals and humans.

Eckel Eckoustic Functional Panels (EFPs), with their combination of superb sound absorption, simple installation, rugged construction, and easy cleanability are the preferred choice of one architectural firm that designs many animal shelters.

Among its many specialties, Quorum Architects (Ft. Worth, Texas) has carved out a niche in designing animal shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth/Austin area. The firm started designing animal shelters about 20 years ago and has exclusively specified Eckel acoustical panels for shelters and kennels for the past six years. In that time, they have specified some 20 kennels with Eckel panels.

“Eckel panels are extremely effective in this application, and all of our clients are very pleased with the noise reduction they provide,” says David Duman, principal at Quorum.

According to Duman, panels are typically installed on the walls, starting with the wall opposite the cages and the end walls of the cage rooms. If windows or other wall obstacles are present, panels can also be installed on the wall behind the cages or on the ceiling. EFPs are available in a range of sizes from the largest panels—3 m (10 ft) x 762 mm (30 in.)—to as small as 457 x 457 mm (18 x 18 in.).

Here are some specific examples of animal shelters recently designed by Quorum and specified with Eckel EFPs.

City of Seguin, Texas, animal shelter

The City of Seguin opened a new animal shelter in August 2017. The shelter has about 186 m2 (2000 sf) of rooms where up to 43 dogs can be housed, including an adoptable dog room, a stray/impound room, an isolation room and a quarantine room. Quorum’s design called for a total of 34 panels. They range in size from 3 m x 762 mm to 610 x 610 mm (24 x 24 in.).

According to Shelly Lutz, senior officer and animal services manager at the Seguin facility, “Our previous shelter did not provide any sound reduction and was deafening at times. The Eckel panels help keep the echo down. When we have barkers, the others do not seem to feed off it as much because the echo is reduced. In all the facilities I have worked in my 20 years’ experience, noise levels have always been an issue, causing animals to be stressed.”

Patriot Paws, Rockwall, Texas

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Patriot Paws started out operating from a storefront in 2006 but has since moved to a facility that can house and train as many as 25 dogs. The 110 m2 (1180 sf) facility is outfitted with 10 EFPs, which range in size from 2.7 m (9 ft) 203 mm (8 in.) x 610 mm (24 in.) down to 813 x 610 mm (32 x 24 in.).

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