South County Animal Services Center

County of Santa Clara

XL Construction built “the most advanced animal care facility in the country,” utilizing innovative methods for advanced disease control including zoned air flow, trench drain and chemical washdown systems, and customized durable materials. The new facility enables the County to handle specialty surgeries, conduct livestock rehabilitation, promote adaptions and maintain a 94% live-release rate, one of California’s highest scores. Prominent interior glass walls and a central courtyard in the state-of-the-art 37,000 s.f. veterinary center showcase rehabbing animals and community engagement spaces. A barn, exercise yards, and surrounding park aid the life-saving mission of this 4.5-acre leading-edge campus, delivered using CM-at-Risk and designed for LEED Silver certification.



One wing holds an ample community assembly area with a commercial kitchen. This zone will be used for animal-related educational events and also for public gatherings sponsored by other County agencies. Elsewhere on the campus, XL is constructing a barn devoted to the care of horses, goats and other livestock.


Renderings courtesy of Dreyfuss & Blackford.