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  • County finished with Phase 1 of new PACC

    Sep 15, 2015 | Read More News
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    Sharon BronsonPIMA COUNTY – Pima County and its consultants, Line and Space, LLC., and Sundt, have completed the preliminary work on Proposition 415, the construction of a new Pima Animal Care Center, which county voters approved in November 2014.

    The county is now in the second phase of development – designing the site and building plans. The design phase is expected to take about a year, with groundbreaking for the start of construction to begin late next year and the ribbon cutting on the new facility to occur late in 2017.

    Since voters approved the $22 million, modern animal care facility last year, the county has been hard at work following state and county procurement laws and time schedules to hire the architect and contractor.

    Since voters approved Prop. 415, the county has:

    • Sold the bonds to acquire the funds necessary to start building New PACC ASAP (April)
    • Wrote and solicited bids for an architect and construction manager (Dec. – May)
    • Selected the architect – Line and Space  (June)
    • Selected the construction manager – Sundt (July)
    • Held public meetings to get feedback from stakeholders about how New PACC can best serve the community (June and July)
    • Acquired additional land from Tucson Electric Power and initiated the acquisition of additional land from the City of Tucson in order to build a new shelter while keeping the old one open during construction (August--October)
    • Began the archeological assessment of the construction site (July-ongoing)
    • Completed the Design Program, which guides how the new animal shelter site and building will be designed (August)

    All of this preliminary work was necessary before design and construction of the new shelter could begin. New PACC now enters Phase 2, which is the design of the site and building.

    The county and Line and Space will reveal the concept site design at a public event at Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.

    To keep the public informed on New PACC’s progress, the county has installed a Progress banner in the lobby of old PACC, which by necessity will remain open during the construction of the new facility. And the county has created a New PACC Progress webpage with reams of information about Prop. 415, what’s been accomplished so far and what’s next on the schedule for completion.

    Go to webcms.pima.gov/government/bonds and click on the New Pima Animal Care Construction Progress link.