Animal Rescue, Inc. is a refuge for homeless cats and dogs that promises never to euthanize an animal because it is unwanted or in need of medical or behavioral care. They offer free or discounted emergency medical services and low-cost spay and neuter clinics for animals in Pennsylvania and Maryland. With an influx of animals to care for, they decided to expand their main location in New Freedom with a new veterinary procedure facility. This new space includes a reception area, accessible bathrooms, an exam room, a surgery area and storage space.
To prepare for the new facility, our Custom crew first demolished an existing, unfinished barn structure on the long, narrow site that is heavily sloped along its length. The footprint of the veterinary procedure facility stretches across the width of the site, so as we built the lower level of the structure into the slope, equipment could no longer pass from the front of the site to the rear. Crews could use an alternate access path, but it was located through the dog runs and required they be kenneled each time we used it. To minimize disruptions to the animals and staff, our team coordinated large material deliveries and equipment moves so that the rear access path was used as little as possible.
Our Industrial team supported this project by constructing the concrete retaining wall and setting the structural steel, and assisting with placing and finishing the basement slab. Originally, the schedule called for a 14-week construction timeline, with completion scheduled in March. Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, our completion date pushed to September.