Needing to accommodate a large volume of animals with a relatively small staff created the opportunity to design an unusually large facility, which has a major presence fronting on a busy highway.
The shelter houses all administrative and animal care spaces under one roof, which both eases the burden for staff and allows simplified access control for security purposes.
Connolly’s design features rows of storefront windows both inside and out to allow natural light to flow into the “landlocked” spaces in the building core.
Light monitors or clerestories bring even more sunlight to interior spaces.
To complete the campus, Connolly designed outdoor animal play areas and a grazing pasture for livestock, and a K-9 facility to house and train police dogs.