LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
This consolidated animal care campus serves the animal sheltering and adoption needs for the Las Vegas Valley. The project includes expanded adoption facilities for dogs, cats, and large animals, an animal wellness center, and a veterinary education center. The dog adoption park houses adoptable dogs in groups of 10 – 12 within a community of 22 bungalows. Above and beyond fulfilling the basic programmatic requirements, the team set out to accomplish three goals: improve the quality of life for the animals being sheltered, present the animals in an innovative and dignified manner to improve their chances for adoption, and reflect the client’s vision of environmental responsibility.
Sustainable strategies cultivate the prevalent environmental resources and utilize them to satisfy over 65% of the campus’ energy needs. Cooling and ventilation of the bungalows is augmented with tall air exhaust chimneys that also serve as an iconic symbol for the facility. Shading in the park between the adoption areas is accomplished with large canopies that support photovoltaic cells. One of the most salient new technologies employed at the campus is a living machine, which treats waste water for reuse on-site, and reduces by 50% the amount of water needed to meet the demands of the facility.
This project received LEED Silver Certification, and it was the first LEED Certified building in the City of Las Vegas. The Campus was honored as one of the Nation’s Top 10 Green Projects for 2006 by the American Institute of Architects. Newsweek magazine recognized the development as one of the “greenest building projects” in America.