Animal Services and Adoption Center is a new 49,160 square-foot facility containing public
adoption areas, private animal holding and treatment areas, a sally
port, classroom, conference room and office space. The Shelter will be
located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Muncaster Mill
Road and Airpark Drive. The facility will be owned by and operated
primarily by the Montgomery County Police Department Animal Services
Division. The building will house Animal Services functions, such as
isolation, quarantine, and holding of feral, ill or seized animals, but
will also serve as a public adoption center and community education
resource for animal care issues.
The building is a one and a half story linear mass driven by the desire
to create a straightforward circulation system with easily navigable
corridors for animal transport. All animal care and housing areas are
required to be on the lower level to facilitate movement and
operations. The second floor houses the office spaces, conference room,
break room, and mechanical functions. The facility is oriented on an
east-west axis to optimize daylighting potential and address Muncaster
Mill Road, the fronting street. Two public entries are located along
the south façade, one for adoptions visitors and one for animal
services visitors. A third less prominent entry is also provided at
the center of the south façade, which will be used for
after-hours functions in the classroom space.
Two outbuildings are also included on site. The first outbuilding
structure is a single story masonry building with metal roofing
designed to house bulk food storage. This function was separated from
the main building to address concerns with vermin control. The food
storage building is located adjacent to the main building loading dock
to facilitate food delivery and transport. The second outbuilding is
located to the northeast of the staff parking and functions as a
livestock barn. It is a wood pole barn-type structure with metal siding
and roofing. It includes four stalls, stacking coops, and a feed
storage area. A fenced paddock for outdoor exercise is provided to its
north and east sides.
A walking trail will be provided where staff and volunteers can
walk adoptable animals and permit them to have access to fresh air and
exercise. Outdoor screened exercise runs are also provided adjacent to
the canine holding and quarantine areas for supervised use.
HVAC systems are designed to provide ten air changes per hour, which
reduces the spread of odors and disease. Radiant floor heating in all
canine areas provides added comfort for the animals.
Durable, attractive finishes are specified for the building interior.
Skylights and large windows allow daylight into the majority of
regularly occupied spaces. Environmental design features include use of
a vegetated roof over the adoption areas, water efficient plumbing
fixtures, energy efficient building envelope and HVAC design, and use
of recycled and locally manufactured materials.
facility is targeting
certification at the “Silver” level. Key
meet this goal are energy efficiency, water use reduction, daylight,
views to the exterior, indoor air quality, and reduction of heat
Shelter and Adoption Center -- No.470400
November 2013 -
Construction contract was awarded to Coakley &
Williams Construction Inc. (Contractor) on
January 25th 2012. The Contractor was
authorized to start construction on March 19,
2012. The project is slated to complete in
December 2013. The new center is scheduled to
open in Winter of 2014.