Gila County Animal Shelter (In Progress)

Gila County Animal Shelter (In Progress)

Gila County Animal Shelter (In Progress)

Location

Globe, Arizona

“…Loven Contracting, The Architecture Company, and Shelter Planners of America [are] collaborating on a design that does more than simply shelter frightened and lost dogs and cats: it’s designed to meet our growing communities for decades to come.”

Currently in progress, Gila County’s new animal shelter will include 27 separate indoor/outdoor kennels for dogs, 2 larger kennels specifically designed for puppies, and 3 kennels for quarantined/medical dogs, a grooming room, a ‘get acquainted room’, and an adjacent fenced yard where potential adoptees and prospective new owners may spend time together to ensure a good match. The fenced yard expands opportunities for volunteers, too – people willing to help socialize shelter pets can chaperone them for outdoor play and exercise.

For cats, the shelter includes a ‘Community Cats’ room and ‘Catio’, along with feline specific meet-and-greet rooms. Ten individual cages allowing cats to be housed separately when needed.

Industrial grade HVAC will keep animals cool and safe through Gila County’s frequent 100+ degree summer days, and together with an integrated pressure-washer, will ensure a hygienic and sanitary environment. Additional spaces include a surgical area and animal quarantine unit, rooms for animals other than cats and dogs, and a Sally port where a mobile veterinary van can provide additional surgical, medical, and dental services. The site will also include a septic system to process gray water and waste since the site does not have access to the County sewer.

The Village Veterinary Hospital

The Village Veterinary Hospital

The Village Veterinary Hospital

Location

Sedona, Arizona

The Village Veterinary Hospital in Sedona, Arizona is an 18,000 SF remodel of an existing commercial structure and surrounding site. The veterinary hospital features canine and feline lobbies and exam rooms, X-ray rooms, isolation ward, dental rooms, treatment and surgical rooms, and boarding kennels for extended stays. In addition, the small and large dog boarding play areas include water features, shade sails, and natural grass areas for guest play and socialization.

Preconstruction and Estimating

The Loven Contracting preconstruction and Estimating Team partnered with specialty veterinary architects and the project owner throughout the preconstruction process, including budget development, design phase management, scope development, plan review, bid evaluation, bid preparation, permitting and design approvals, scheduling, subcontractor scope preparation, and value engineering.

The fast-track scope of work included:
  • Complete interior demolition, including removal of all interior walls and existing MEP.
  • All new floor plan to fit the existing shell.
  • Installation of new MEP, including upgraded electrical for code compliance.
  • Construction of X-ray imaging suite.
  • New sitework per City of Sedona storm water management guidelines.
  • New fencing, landscape, and boarding area water feature.
  • Relocation of front entrance and addition of covered sidewalk and new parking for improved accessibility.

Unique project challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic included potential subcontractor staff shortages and production material delays. Loven Contracting project management staff strategized time and cost-savings solutions, including color and material selection assistance and the addition of supplementary labor forces to maintain project schedule.

Grand Canyon Hounds Stable and Kennel

Grand Canyon Hounds Stable and Kennel

Grand Canyon Hounds Stable and Kennel

Location

Doney Park, Arizona

A private owner selected Loven Contracting to construct a state-of-the-art indoor riding arena, stables, and kennel in Doney Park, Arizona. Loven Contracting worked closely with the owner and architect to deliver a facility that features an expansive 28,000SF indoor riding arena, 6,700SF stables for up to 30 horses, a kennel capable of housing 100 dogs, and support facilities with tack storage, veterinary and observation kennels, exam and grooming spaces, and adjacent living quarters for caretaker and kennel staff.

A significant amount of construction on the project was completed during the winter. Additional features include healthcare and training equipment, cast-in-place concrete kennel beds with heating systems, site-built structural trusses, structural insulated panels for the roof, and two roof and underground water harvesting systems. These features and finishes enable this Northern Arizona facility to be functional, durable, and meet the owner’s programming requirements. 

Photos: Winquist Photography

High Country Humane Society

High Country Humane Society

High Country Humane Society

Location

Flagstaff, Arizona

Loven Contracting partnered with Second Chance Center for Animals (now High Country Humane) to construct the organization’s expansive 20,000 SF, state-of-the-art, limited intake animal center and training facility in Flagstaff, Arizona. This no-kill shelter features a veterinary clinic, boarding areas, outdoor play area, offices, retail space, and a reclaimed water system for kennel wash and other non-potable use.