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  • Community celebrates start of new PACC construction

    Oct 04, 2016 | Read More News
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    ground breakingPima County officials broke ground on the construction of a modern Pima Animal Care Center facility Oct. 4. Voters approved bond funding for the new facility in 2014 through Proposition 415. The proposition autorized the county to borrow up to $22 million to improve the existing facility. 

    The groundbreaking at PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, marked the beginning of construction for Phase 1 of the project, which will primarily construct the new portions of the facility east of the exisiting building. The new areas will include an expanded veterinary clinic, a recovery area for pets who receive medical treatment, the pet admission area, a lobby, and the administrative offices for PACC staff. 

    This new and improved facility will accommodate the thousands of pets taken in by PACC each year and allow for more modern animal care practices. When complete, the new shelter will be double in size measuring at about 60,000 square feet with nearly 93 percent of this total area allocated to functions that directly house or support the housing, care and adoption of pets at PACC. Some of the features of the new PACC include:
    • Fresh air and natural lighting throughout the facility.
    • Well-designed plumbing and cleaning systems for pet housing areas.
    • Expanded cat housing areas – nearly triple the size of the existing.
    • Indoor/outdoor canine housing units.
    During the design portion of the facility, Line and Space architects consulted with Animal Arts Design, a firm dedicated to building animal shelters, and also incorporated community and stakeholder feedback to ensure that the new site would meet modern day standards and also suit the existing needs of PACC’s staff and pets.

    At the completion of Phase 1, the public, PACC’s pets and staff will move to the new building while the remodel and partial demolition of the exisitng facility takes place. Completion of both phases is expected in 2018.

    For more information on this project, visit the PACC bond construction progress webpage

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