Morton Buildings Animal Care Facilities

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A Safe, Comfortable Environment

For You and Your Clients

Veterinary Hospitals & Clinics | Animal Shelters | Pet Boarding, Daycare & Resorts | Grooming, Obedience & Guard Dog Training Facilities â„¢


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Why Choose Morton Buildings For Your Next Project?


Enhance Your Animal Care Service with an Inviting, Safe, and Efficient Building. Whether you want to start up a new animal care business or expand an existing one, one thing is certain—a Morton building will help you succeed. For decades, we’ve been providing custom animal facility design and construction services across the United States. What differentiates us from other construction companies is the quality, the craftsmanship, and the efficiency of our buildings. Plus, our warranty is the best in the industry. As a 100% employee-owned company, we are all committed to be the industry leader with a focus on innovation, service, quality, and most importantly, making sure each customer is completely satisfied with their decision to build Morton. National Capabilities with Local Expertise. Headquartered in Morton, Illinois, Morton Buildings operates over 100 employee-owned construction centers across the nation that serve as logistical/local hubs for construction services and subcontract networks. Morton also operates eight manufacturing facilities where many

of our building components are produced. Our vertical integration allows us to control quality, timelines, and reduce shipping costs. From the smallest fastener to the trusses overhead, Morton leaves nothing to chance. Most other post-frame builders use a network of various suppliers to source their materials. Do some research and you’ll find other builders utilize cheaply made parts that cost them less and can impact the overall quality of your building. We don’t build that way. We source and manufacture our own materials. We roll form our own steel, build our own trusses, doors, and so much more. Exceptional quality is the hallmark of a Morton. We’re only as good as our materials so we take full control of the entire process. Whether you want new construction or an addition to an existing structure, we have the knowledge and experience to listen to your current and future needs and make design and construction recommendations based on your unique situation. We work with you to create a building that suits your business, your brand, and your budget.

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Benefits of Post-Frame Construction #4642

Morton Buildings utilizes a method known as post-frame construction. Post-frame buildings feature large, laminated columns instead of wood studs or poles, steel framing, or concrete masonry. There are multiple advantages to this method of construction: • Large clear-spans allow for open, adaptable floor plans unhindered by interior load-bearing walls or columns, achieving a unique design and aesthetic. In addition, hybrid technology allows for even greater clear-span buildings up to 150'. Clear-span trusses allow for less construction time without sacrificing quality. • A post-frame building forms a tremendously strong structure that efficiently resists wind and seismic forces, even for buildings in excess of 100'. • Post-frame construction requires limited wall and roof framing materials, and minimal footing and foundation materials.


• Our structural concept allows plumbing, electrical and HVAC to be placed between the insulation and the finished wall or ceiling, when using a suspended ceiling. This configuration results in no penetration of the insulation and an increase in energy-efficiency and overall insulation performance.


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Our Project Delivery System Process 1


Concept to Completion Morton Buildings’ experienced design-build team will guide you through the design, layout, and building process of your new veterinary or boarding facility. Your sales consultant works with a team of drafting technicians, estimators and project managers to help you plan your building. Allied Design and Engineering, P.C., a strategic partner of Morton Buildings, can provide cost-effective architectural and engineering services. If you would prefer, you can also choose your own architectural firm. Once your plans are complete and you are ready to move to the construction phase, materials are manufactured at Morton Buildings’ plants to ensure quality and consistency. Our employed truck drivers deliver building materials to your site and Morton-trained and employed construction crews erect your building. We developed a project delivery process with our customer in mind, as it enables us to deliver projects that meet your scope, schedule, and budget. This alleviates stress, eliminates time loss, and ultimately reduces the overall project cost, as our design fees are nominal and included as part of the construction package.




Sign Fixed-Cost Contracts Division of responsibilities, written scope of work with details, and clear and transparent costing

Design Development Floor plans, elevations, renderings, room finishes and major material selection

Construction Management Manage schedule, coordinate all trades, and maintain a safe jobsite Quality Control Testing, inspections, and documentation

Budgeting Written scope of work, transparent cost estimates and align concept design with budget estimates 4 2


Schematic Design Programming, initial code reviews, initial design ideas and arrangement of rooms and initial site layout

DESIGN PHASE Geotechnical Investigation Soils borings and foundation recommendations Complete Construction Drawings & Specifications Certified architectural and structural drawings, certified civil plans, certified mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings and written specifications Permitting and Bidding Obtain building permits and approvals, finalize scope and division of work, solicit proposals for all trades based on approved drawings, obtain actual construction cost of project

COMPLETION PHASE Punchlist Owner and contractor walk-through with a written list of final closeout items Closeout Documents Organized operations and maintenance info, final lien waivers and closeout documentation Warranty Written Morton Buildings warranty; includes labor and materials, and is not pro-rated, and material and workmanship warranty on remainder of project


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Industry Expertise Our expertise will guide you through the many decisions that are involved in a new hospital design and other animal care facilities. We stay current with industry trends and best practices for a well-designed building that reduces stress on the animals that frequent it. Exam and surgical rooms

Grooming or spa service

Equine/bovine units

Retail area



Indoor play areas


The design process includes in-depth discussions involving land acquisition, site design and preparation, space planning of the animal and human spaces, traffic flow, exterior and interior materials, noise and odor control, daily cleaning process, drains, food prep areas, laundry, number of dog and cat enclosures needed, and future expansion plans. Noise and odor control are vital to creating a welcoming and stress-free environment. Drinking water, bathing water, and animal waste can contribute to damp, odor-filled rooms. Proper ventilation and drainage helps to eliminate these problems. Air flow for cats is even more important. Cats need additional ventilation beyond HVAC to prevent contagious upper respiratory diseases when being boarded. As there are many available options to mitigate noise and odor, Morton will work with you to determine the best solution for your facility. Our open floor plans allow you to customize the space of your building to enhance traffic flow, comfort, and energy-efficiency. Some features you may want to include when planning your floor plan layout include: • • • • • • • •

Indoor and outdoor daycare Grooming or spa service Training room Office Retail Luxury suites Waterplay Waiting room with client hospitality area or coffee shop • Therapy

• • • • • • • • •

Cat and dog lodging Pharmacy Exam and surgical rooms Radiant floor heat Kennel runs Breakroom State-of-the-art air quality systems Indoor play areas Equine/bovine units


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At 16,911 square-feet, Pet Wellness and Urgent Care Center in Marion, Illinois, is comprised of about 10,000 square-feet of hospital and 7,000 square-feet dedicated to the lodge, day camp, and grooming. This state-ofthe-art facility includes such features as: a separate dog and cat exam/waiting area, aviary, reptile treatment area, two large dog suites for higher-end boarding, isolation areas for sick dogs with completely separate play area, cat isolation area with exam isolation room, dog daycare/indoor play area, grooming facility, water therapy with water treadmill, dog waiting and drying area, offices, ER exam and grieving (separate entrance for after-hours visits), lab, radiology, ultrasound and CT rooms, surgery prep room, dentistry area, and ICU kennel area.

Advice from a Pro

Dr. J. Craig Smith, DVM Pet Wellness & Urgent Care Center Marion, Illinois

Everything is with the patient and client in mind, and that is most certainly evident in the design of the building. “It does not look necessarily like a medical facility,” said Dr. Smith. “When I drive up to the front, I feel like I’m going to a lodge in the mountains where there’s going to be some rest and relaxation. The appearance, the design, the textures, everything that went into the building you see today, all had thought and purpose behind them. Our first goal is to make sure that the visit here is stress-free as possible for both the client and the patient. We’ve done things to mitigate odor and prevent cross-contamination between different species. We’ve developed exam rooms and treatment rooms specifically for cats, that are separate from the dogs, and that extends to our hospitalization as well.” “The design objectives were first and foremost patient care, patient comfort, and ultimately client comfort. We want the client to be at ease. Sometimes if the client


perceives stress about the pet’s visit, they will not make that appointment, or they may not come for that progress exam because they perceive it as being a stressful event. As protective pet parents they want to eliminate that. When a client comes, we want those pets to run in the front door, not have to be pulled on a leash. We want them to feel like they are in the best place possible to take care of their pet.” Odor control was a critical aspect of the design process. “I told Morton that the number one thing I did not want is to have odor in the building. We didn’t want odors communicating from one side of the building to the other,” stated Dr. Smith. To remedy that, multiple heat and air systems were installed that don’t communicate with each other. They have their own supply and return. In some instances, such as the hospital wards, the exhaust fans directly exhaust to the outside. “Our isolation unit is strictly isolated as far as both location and the heat and air system, so there’s no opportunity for contamination with odor or disease.”

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With a dog day camp and boarding facility attached to the hospital, noise reduction was also a priority. “Noise is controlled in a variety of things—the textures on the wall, the flooring, and the fixtures in the building. We also have specific types of sound barrier thresholds that close when the door closes. In addition, the lodge features a special double-wall that was designed and constructed by Morton. It works extremely well. You cannot hear any sounds from there sitting in the reception area.” Dr. Smith’s advice for fellow veterinarians looking to build a new facility? “You need a good architect and you need a good contractor. You must have a relationship there to work through things that come up. That’s paramount and Morton accomplished that for us. It’s important to go and look at vet facilities. We started having ideas to build this hospital in 2008 or 2009, and we started writing things down. We didn’t purchase the property until 2014. Then it was a year of design, and contractor selection. In that timeframe, everywhere that we traveled for business or pleasure, we were looking for construction ideas, decorating ideas, and design ideas. I had 30-plus years of experience by the time I started this. If you don’t have that experience, you’ll have to call in someone else to get some input.”


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Floor Plan Example


9549 SQ. FT.

RETAIL 10'-6"x7'

VESTIBULE 5'-6"x7'


VESTIBULE 5'-6"x7'


CAT WAITING 9'-6"x14'



STALL 12'x12'

UNISEX 7'-6"x6'-6"


BULK FOOD 7'x10' EXAM 1 9'x10'

STORAGE 7'x18'

EXAM 2 9'x10'

EXAM 3 10'x10'

EXAM 3 9'x10'


LOUNGE 14'x10'

DR. OFFICE 17'-6"x27'

STALL 12'x14'


ALCOVE 7'x8'

TOILET 6'x6'

MECH. 6'x7'

MECH. 8'x6'

ALCOVE 7'x5'

F-1 CAT WARD 8'x14'-6"


JAN. 3'-6"X4'

STALL 12'x16'

TOILET 5'x9'-6"

OFFICE 11'x9'-6"

LAUNDRY 6'x11'-6" X-RAY 9'x9'-6"



GROOMING 12'x17'

8'x11' S.S.D.

DOG WARD 14'x10'


SURGERY 12'x16'



FOOD PREP 19'x13' I.C.U. 10'x8'

12x10' S.S.D.


ISOLATION 9'-6"x8' D.W.


KENNELS 34'-6"x28'

TOILET 5'x9'-6"

X-RAY 9'x9'-6"

OFFICE 11'x9'-6"





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Floor Plan Example 6838 SQ. FT.


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“My friends and family are very impressed with the building.

Everybody that walks in it says “wow”… how open and spacious and beautiful.” Mountain Dog Spa, LLC • Cashiers, NC




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Roof Types and Styles

Features & Options

Morton roofs are designed for long-term good looks, and they’re available in a variety of colors and roof pitches to give your building just the right touch. Many options are available to enhance the style and function of your building including: a roof extension to create a wraparound porch; adding gable dormers for a traditional look, or a welcoming entry porch, to name just a few.

Morton Buildings offers many features that allow you to customize your business’s building. Whether you are looking for a simple structure or something more elaborate, Morton has many choices that can help add visual interest to your building. These are just some of the exterior and interior features you can choose from. You can also work with your Morton Buildings sales consultant to explore other options for your building.


Hip with Gable Entry



Deep Fascia

Gable Dormer

Step Fascia

Dutch Hip

Turkey Tail


Wraparound Porch

Pitch Break

Morton Foundation System™ A strong building starts with a strong foundation. Extend the life our your building by using concrete lower columns in your foundation, rather than wood. The evolution of post-frame construction is here—remove wood from the ground to create the strongest and most durable building yet. Morton Buildings is committed to building all new structures, when possible, without wood in the ground. The Morton Foundation System ensures that we continue to offer the best building possible.









Siding From traditional Hi-Rib™ steel siding to brick and cultured stone, you choose the look that best fits your business and your building’s surroundings.





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Continuous Vented Ridge

FRP (Fiber-Reinforced Plastic)

Help to control the environment in your building year-round with our continuous ridge ventilation. Morton’s pre-engineered ventilation system provides for a drier, more comfortable environment for your building by reducing heat build-up in the summer and releasing moisture-laden air in the winter.

Used for a variety of applications and available as fiberglass reinforced plastic laminated to 3/8" OSB or fiberglass reinforced plastic laminated to 4" corrugated core. Your sales consultant can help you choose the best material for your interior.

Acoustical Steel

Mason Kennels

Morton’s exclusive Hi-Rib™ Acoustical Steel is one of the most efficient sound insulation systems in the construction industry. Installed in a band around or in the ceiling, Hi-Rib Acoustical Steel allows sound waves to pass into sound-absorbent materials in the wall and ceiling cavities, which significantly improves the sound quality in your building.

Quality kennel systems allow for a custom designed enclosure for your facility.

Aluminum Dog Door


Fits a variety of dog door styles including Pickwick® by Mason or provides a framed pass-through for animals.

Cupolas positioned on your roof will add an aesthetic touch and are available in a variety of styles and sizes.

Wainscot Wainscot adds a nice optional element to your building’s exterior—allowing different color schemes and breaking the vertical lines of the walls. From a practical perspective, it is easier and less expensive to replace a short steel wainscot panel damaged by ground’s-care equipment or a vehicle—than it is to replace a full-length steel panel. Several optional wainscot materials are also available: Novabrik™, Moderra™, masonry and HardiePanel®, as well as others.

Steel Wainscot

Masonry Wainscot

Novabrik™ Wainscot

HardiePanel® Wainscot

Ceilings The finishing touches on your building help to transform it from a structure to your own completed building. Morton can help you choose a ceiling finish that complements your business and fits your budget.

Vaulted Ceiling with Wrapped Framing

Suspended Ceiling

Drywall Ceiling


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Morton Steel

Superior Paint System: FLUOROFLEX® 1000

All steel panels are not the same—even though they may look it—and Morton’s steel is uniquely “Morton.” We roll-form our steel from .019" thick coil which is up to 25% heavier than the steel many other builders use, and Morton’s panels feature a unique Hi-Rib™ design where the major ribs are 12" on center and 1" high with a gently rounded profile. This combination results in a very strong panel and contributes to the unique good looks and long-term attractiveness of a Morton.

Morton Buildings recognizes that a superior building is best accented with an outstanding paint coating. That’s why Morton offers the FLUOROFLEX paint system. FLUOROFLEX 1000 consists of a 70% polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) topcoat or “color coat” and polyurethane primer that utilizes either a GALVALUME® or hot-dipped galvanized metallic coating. This superior paint system provides your building with multiple layers of protection. FLUOROFLEX 1000 provides superior protection against fading, chalking, paint peeling and red rust. Because it resists the effects of ultraviolet rays, rain and pollution, it retains color and gloss far longer than standard consumer or commercial paint coatings. Morton is proud to offer a 35 year warranty on most paint colors against chalking, fading and peeling of FLUOROFLEX 1000.

Actual Photos of Fade Test Performed in QUV (accelerated weathering machine under identical conditions)

Polyester Used by Others

Morton’s Paint System

To view a paint color chart, contact your Morton Buildings sales consultant.

Strongest Warranty



Bright Red












Vintage Metallic

Rustic Bronze

Weathered Gray

Our warranties are handled in-house, include Morton materials and labor, and are not prorated. Morton quality, guaranteed.

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Features That Add Efficiency 4. 5.

In addition to a durable and attractive building you also want a building that runs efficiently. Morton Buildings’ unique structural concept allows plumbing, electrical and HVAC to be placed between the insulation and the finished wall or ceiling, when using a suspended ceiling. This configuration results in no penetration of the insulation and an increase in energy-efficiency and overall insulation performance. Morton also has several features such as ENERGY STAR® rated windows and doors that can help reduce your daily building costs.



Our “Green” Legacy Morton Buildings, Inc. has a history of integrating “green” or environmentally friendly principles into our general building practices. We are especially proud of our Energy Performer® insulation package, which continues to meet and exceed efficiency requirements in many states.

Long before the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) created its building rating system (LEED®–Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), Morton Buildings was already applying a number of sustainable building practices. Since we constructed our first building in 1949, we’ve been using timber frames manufactured from renewable wood sources. The siding and roof steel used in our buildings is typically recycled and recyclable. To conserve energy and natural resources, the materials used in most Morton buildings are manufactured within 500 miles of each building site. We also practice conservation in a number of ways at our corporate office in Morton, Illinois.

Morton is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® partner and also employs LEED Accredited Professionals to help customers who want to achieve certification. Whether you are looking to achieve official recognition on your project or just want to reduce your carbon footprint during the construction process, Morton can help you achieve sustainable design.



Energy Performer® Insulation Package Morton’s exclusive Energy Performer insulation package was created in the 1970s and continues to outperform other systems on the market. Buildings that include our exclusive Energy Performer insulation system typically exceed state building codes for energy efficiency. With Energy Performer you not only conserve energy, you also save money on your heating and cooling costs year-round which adds to your business’s bottom line. 1-Walls nearly 9 inches thick with 6 inches of insulation. 2-Wide blankets of insulations vs. only 14 ½ inches in standard stud wall construction. 3-Polyethylene vapor retarder is carefully installed to keep insulation dry and reduce infiltration and heat loss by creating a seal. 4-HVAC, electricity and plumbing can also be run inside the vapor barrier without cutting holes or breaking the seal. Fully ventilated attic provides condensation control, resulting in dry insulation, which is more effective. 5-15 ½ inch truss heels allow full depth, blown-in ceiling insulation with a rating of R-38* or greater (ENERGY STAR® compliant), with the option to add more insulation to obtain an overall average rating up to R-60, and air space for attic ventilation. 6-Sidewall fiberglass blanket insulation provides a true R-19. By using thicker walls and more insulation, a greater R-Value can be achieved. *An R-Value rating is a standard measure of thermal resistance. The more difficult it is for heat to pass through the insulation, the greater the R-Value.


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Building Across The Nation With company-owned construction centers strategically located throughout the United States, there’s a Morton Buildings sales consultant nearby to serve you. Find your local Morton Buildings construction center at, for pricing information and to receive additional detailed information about our buildings.


Construction details and material specifications shown are subject to change without notice. Colors reproduced in this brochure are for illustrative purposes only and may vary from actual colors or finishes. Certain features shown are non-stock items and may be purchased through your local Morton Buildings construction center. Options and features shown may not be available on all building types or styles. The statements and opinions about products expressed here are those of specific customers and should not be construed to represent all buildings or products sold, manufactured, distributed or constructed by Morton Buildings. Š2020 Morton Buildings, Inc. All rights reserved. A listing of GC licenses available at Printed in the U.S.A. Form #2144/3M/6-20


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