A “Pound” No More
In June, Denver Animal Care & Control opened its new, 36,000-square-foot animal shelter—a vast improvement from its 30-year-old site. The $17 million facility, nearly triple the size of the old structure, features separate lobbies for adoption services and lost and found; energy-efficient heated flooring and natural daylight throughout; colony rooms and condos for adoptable cats; medical isolation areas to reduce disease transmission; and a surgical suite that will allow for on-site spay/neuter and care for injured animals. The shelter is also on track to achieve certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) at the Gold level, with the potential to obtain LEED-NC Platinum, which would make it the first building in Denver to be so designated—as well as the first animal shelter in the country at that level of certification. “That would be an extraordinary honor to achieve that,” says Heather Lewis, a principal at Animal Arts in Boulder and the project manager for the shelter’s design.