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* Project Design by Kappe+Du Architects, with Jiane Du

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People + Pet Friendly Design 

Kappe Architects collaborated with Animal Arts of Colorado to design a $4.8 Million 10,000 square foot animal care facility* for the Town of Truckee. 

This animal shelter in the High Sierras is modest in size, but ambitious in intent. The facility combines animal control offices with a state-of-the-art animal shelter built around the idea of providing the best possible humane housing environments for the animals. High in snow country, we designed the building to be responsive to local climate extremes. With a compact floor plan, sheltering roof, and super insulated envelope, the building provides a respite from the outdoor environs. South-facing animal spaces and clerestory windows combine to create a structure that is flooded with daylight and passive solar heating.  This project contains 18 runs, 30 cages, and one treatment room.

View a video of the animal shelter soon after it opened in October 2013.
 

 

     
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Project Scope
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+ Two workshops with stakeholders to develop the program, including detailed budgeting
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+ Public/private partnership with part of the funds coming from the Humane Society and part coming from the Town
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+ Integrate the animal care facility with the Truckee Administration Building and Corporation Yard for a combined $20 Million project
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+ The facility includes "real life" rooms for the animals and an Education and Training Room to facilitate working with new pet owners
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+ The Education and Training Room can be closed off from the rest of the building for community use at night
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+ An exterior yard adjacent to the Training Room is used for an extension of the training on good weather days
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