Pet Adoption and Protection CenterMiami-Dade County Animal Services
Miami-Dade County Animal Services needed a very large shelter to accommodate their program, but constructing a new building of that size and finding property to accommodate it was very costly. Finding an existing building to renovate would also have challenges due to the unique demands of housing a large quantity of animals. To serve the volume of such a large metro area, they needed to drastically increase their spay/neuter surgical capacity and the capacity for dog housing and cat housing.
To cut costs, an existing building was chosen with an adequate shell to meet the program. Modifications were made to the existing HVAC and plumbing design to meet the program’s needs, including lowering the ceilings to reduce the HVAC volume and designing a concealed drainage system above slab for the kennels. The new shelter increased the spay/neuter surgical capacity by more than 50 percent, dog housing by 25 percent, and cat housing nearly doubled.
Miami-Dade Pet Adoption and Protection Center
LOCATION: Doral, FL
YEAR COMPLETED: 2016
ROLE: Animal Facility Design Consultant
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: LIVS Associates
COST: $15 million
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 70,000 SF
CAPACITY: Approximately 366 dogs and 157 cats
PROJECT OVERVIEW: Bacon Group Architecture’s animal shelter design expertise focused on space needs, functionality, floor plan development, and animal care area configuration, materials and equipment selection for animal housing, adoption and veterinary care.