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  • Public meets new PACC architects

    Jun 26, 2015 | Read More News
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    Meet PACC architectPlay areas, sound-proofing, outdoor access and “a place of pride.” These were just a few of the many suggestions offered during the Meet the Architect event at Pima Animal Care Center June 25.

    Last fall, Pima County voters approved a $22 million bond to build a new animal control center. The county built the facility in 1968 when the population was one-third of what it is today. Capacity for the shelter is 500 pets, but often houses as many as 1,000.

    A crowd of roughly 100 community members came out to PACC for introductions to representatives from Line and Space, the local architectural firm hired to design the new facility. They also were invited to share their dreams for the new shelter.

    Pima County Facilities Director Michael Kirk, District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías and Deputy County Administrator Jan Lesher thanked those gathered for their volunteerism and their hard work getting the bond passed.

    The shelter now has a live-release rate approaching 90 percent, Lesher said.

    “We have made big changes in how we operate our animal shelter,” Elías said. “This new facility will make our shelter better. It will be a gentler and more intelligent way of providing animal care. With this facility, our pets will have a better quality of life and that’s really what it’s all about.”

    meet the architectLine and Space, founded in 1978, has received more than 100 awards and stresses the importance of environmentally sound practices, said project manager Henry Tom.

    The county chose Line and Space for the project because it put together a team that includes Animal Arts Design and University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, Lesher said. Both are nationally recognized for their work in designing shelters across the country.

    “They are helping us recognize not just how to build a building, but how to build a building that keeps our animals alive and healthy,” Lesher said.

    UC Davis will provide crucial input from a veterinary science perspective, said project architect Mike Anglin.

    The architects asked Animal Arts Design to join the project after Line and Space visited shelters the firm designed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, N.M., Denver and Boulder, Colo., said lead design architect Bob Clements.

    The staffs of both firms immediately “clicked,” Anglin said.
    “We both understand the importance of listening before designing,” Anglin said.

    With that said, Anglin and Clements urged audience members to write their suggestions for the new facility on “Dream Boards” set up around the event.

    Line and Space believes in an “intensive workshop system,” Clements said. PACC staff and volunteers and community members will meet several times in the coming weeks to share their visions, goals and precepts. Those visions will then be narrowed down.

    Kirk said he anticipates a community workshop will be held in August.

    For updates on input opportunities and project progress, please visit PACC's homepage.