San Diego Animal Facility

San Diego, California

Our firm was retained separately by both San Diego County and the San Diego Humane Society with the intention of constructing two different facilities on separate sites. After developing programs for each facility, we proposed an alternative organizational arrangement whereby both clients would co-locate on the same site. Following evaluations of site throughout the area, a decision was reached to construct on the current Animal Control 'Central' site. Our design provided a three-phase project which allowed San Diego County Animal Control to operate on the existing site (Phase I) while their new facility was completed. Phase II included demolition of the existing facility, completing separate facilities, the two organizations share classrooms and a unique public intake facility operated by staff from both facilities. In addition, a common entry courtyard creates a sense of unity around which is organized all the main public entrances. The County Animal Control facility houses 149 dogs and 151 cats. The San Diego Humane Society features a full-service clinic, extensive humane education classrooms and state-of-the-art Dog and Cat Adoption Habitats with a focus on socialization and training.