Turnkey, Inc. has been involved in the animal industry for over 25 years, starting in the 1980s with the construction of three animal exhibits at the Houston Zoo. Our experience continued in 1991 when President Al Locker's wife, Suzanne, bought and began operating a successful commercial pet resort in the Houston area. They both immersed themselves in the pet care industry by attending pet industry meetings and seminars, and Suzanne served as a Director and President of the national American Boarding & Kennel Association. She and Al co-chaired the facility accreditation committee, which was responsible for updating and revising facility standards.
During this time, Al developed his pet care knowledge and combined that with his design and construction skills to design and build a new facility to house their pet care business. This continuing education in the pet care industry, along with years of hands-on experience, led Turnkey to understand the specific and unique needs of companion pets and pet care operations. Since then, Turnkey has designed over 38 pet facilities, including full-service pet resorts, dog day care centers, and veterinary clinics in the Houston area and nationwide. Of the 38 facilities Turnkey has designed, we have completed the construction of 12.
Pet care facility design requires a special knowledge of ventilation, construction materials, equipment, sound control, cleaning protocols, and operations. It is critical to know about disease transfer, as well as what creates stress in a boarding situation, in order to properly address those issues in the design. Turnkey is unique in that area because of our vast personal experience as a facility owner, designer, builder, and consultant. Adding us to the team early on in your planning will prevent wasted time and effort and maximize profitability in your project. We are un-paralleled in our expertise of pet care facilities!
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