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  • Kick-off meeting for new PACC facility held

    Apr 30, 2015 | Read More News
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    About fifty people attended the Pima Animal Care Center Bond Project Kick-off meeting April 29 to learn about the process being used to design Pima County’s new animal shelter.kickoff meeting

    Pima County voters approved Proposition 415 on Nov. 4, 2014 as part of the first County bond election since 2006. This approval authorized the County to borrow up to $22 million to improve Pima County's animal care facility to accommodate the thousands of animals brought yearly to the shelter, and to allow for more modern animal care practices.   

    Representatives from various County departments and numerous community stakeholders learned about Integrative Process, a collaborative method for designing buildings that promotes innovative design through seeking the perspective of multiple stakeholders. A unique feature of this process is that it seeks input from end-users at the beginning to eliminate unnecessary change orders once construction has begun.

    “This is about listening early to questions from multiple stakeholders so we can figure out potential problems before we ever start construction,” said Michael Kirk, Pima County Director of Facilities. “It is about perspective, process and place. How do we integrate various perspectives and create processes that will allow the PACC staff to be high-performing in a particular place we build? How do we make sure the place works for the people in it?”

    Kirk explained that designing a building that will enhance services delivered at PACC every day is crucial because part of the Bond passed by voters to build a new animal shelter specifically said PACC could not increase operating costs. Because of that restriction, processes must be considered in design so the building doesn’t ham-string the staff’s delivery of services.

    He recalled a project he worked on in another County where the design team was able to identify early on through Integrative Process that the original plan of a three-story building wasn’t feasible because it would require five additional staff members.

    “We figured that out through our first meeting and were able to put that information into consideration of the ultimate design,” he said.

    To illustrate how Integrative Process will work in four planning sessions – called charrettes in Integrative Process – participants at the Kick-Off meeting broke into small groups and brainstormed questions about the project, including how the spread of disease can be lessened through building design and what plans are being made for the information and technology systems.  

    Participants were enthusiastic about the process because it demonstrated that building the new shelter will not follow a typical “top-down” decision making common in many large organizations and governments.

    “This is a great idea,” said Bonnie Kay, local philanthropist and board member for the Animal Welfare Alliance. “So often the people doing daily tasks in a building never get asked for any input and they often have insight no one else does.”
    Kristin Barney, PACC Chief Operating Officer agreed. She said she was “very encouraged” by the dialogue at her small-group table and questions asked in the larger group.

    “I was really impressed with how thoughtful everyone was – that showed in the types of questions asked,” she said after the meeting. “We need all these different perspectives to make sure we’re getting the right building for PACC.”