We have been paid by another mechanical engineering firm to review and ultimately stamp design drawings on project which is an Aminal Clinic. This building has a surgery room, isolation room, and special procedures. I've worked on many hospitals, but never one with animals and the codes (IMC 2006) don't specifically address room types with animals. The way it was designed, is with residential single zone split systems integrated with an ERV for the outside air. The issue that I am having is that I am tempted to treat the surgery and isolation rooms as I would one in a people hospital with HEPA filters and pressure monitoring, 25 Air Changes per hour for the surgery, etc but this would drastically change the original design concept and add cost. Since ultimately I will be stamping the drawings I want it done correctly without overdesigning it. Does anybody have any experience with Animal Hospitals and how to ventilate these types of rooms ? Where can I find design guidelines for this type of building.
Thanks for your help.
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