XL Construction breaks ground on new animal shelter for Santa Clara County

By April Willoughby | Jun 27, 2019 ShareShare

The new Animal Services Center will provide best-in-class shelter facilities and community space

 

XL Construction breaks ground on the new County of Santa Clara Animal Services Center in San Martin, California. The new facility will replace an outdated, undersized facility with a new state-of-the art center featuring kennel space, an animal clinic, community space, and a park.

The County of Santa Clara Animal Care and Control Department has been housed in a converted residential property since 1978. Several additions and temporary portables were added over the years but can no longer accommodate the County’s needs.

“The shelter staff are an incredibly inspiring and dedicated group of people,” said Craig Ellis, Vice President from XL Construction.  “To be able to provide them with a facility that helps them achieve their mission in an environment that is healthier both to the animals and the people who work there, is extremely gratifying. Our mission is to ‘build to improve lives;’ this project enables us to do just that.”

The new facility was designed by Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture, in collaboration with animal care designer, Bacon Group, Inc.

Key features include:

Animal Care Center: kennel pods and open exercise yards, free-roam rooms for cats, a small animal area, and barn.

Animal Clinic: surgery facility featuring exam rooms, radiology, surgery suites, recovery suites and a private grief room.

Park: a landscaped open-air courtyard that functions as a central meet-and-greet location for adoptable dogs to get to know potential owners.

Community Space: large meeting facility available to both the County and other community organizations featuring a commercial kitchen and assembly area for up to 150 seated or 300 standing occupants.

The building is designed to LEED Silver standards and is expected to be complete in 2021.

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Tags: building to improve lives | community | Groundbreaking

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