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Entry number: B08014
Statement of Design Approach:
This facility brought to light two separate operational methodologies. One, the policing and control aspect of Animal Services, and the other, assisting homeless dogs and cats, adoption of animals, and public education.
The facility design focused on public education and the areas dedicated to animal/ human interaction, and creating a friendly environment and viewing areas, utilizing natural light throughout.
At the building exterior, particular attention has been given to the creation of an overall unified Animal Care Center imagery, while differentiating the various public entrances relative to the specific services provided at the facility. For example, not only are separate public entrances, provided for the NHS and WCAC portions of the facility, but a number of other entrances noted below, have been provided due to either differentiation of uses, alternate use times or to maintain disease control.
1.0- Nevada Humane Society
2.0- Washoe County Animal Services Department 2.1- Stray Retrieval and Information Lobby
Internally, both portions of the facility are organized around 1) exterior garden areas containing indoor/outdoor kennels and 2) the desired flow of animals in and out of the facility. The indoor/ outdoor kennel design contains a number of unique features including 1) the ability for the public to easily access stray and adoptable dogs and cats via a covered/indoor/outdoor walkway connection, during both good and inclement weather; 2) adjacent outdoor and indoor "Get Acquainted" areas for adoptable animals; 3) efficient and safe cleaning systems utilizing "piped" chemicals which are transported through stainless steel tubing to staff controlled hose controls, and 4) the compartmentalization of kennels into smaller groups of 6 to 8 in order to reduce barking and animal stress and to maintain a friendly and positive scale for the overall project.
The exterior design features use of indigenous "river rock" stone along the main public entrance facades along with the use of a complimentary split-faced CMU (concrete block) at animal holding areas and cement plaster at non-animal areas. Roof material varies from painted metal standing seam at the Dog Adoption/Holding Gardens and at the NHS high roof, to membrane roofing with rigid insulation at flat roof areas. Exterior covered walkways consist of painted steel columns, translucent skylights and flat roofs with painted metal fascias.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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