Kent County Animal Shelter


County of Kent

Project Location

Grand Rapids, MI

Construction Type

Construction Manager

New Construction

Kent County Animal Shelter

Construction Management New Construction

The Kent County Animal Shelter replaces an existing, outdated facility. The new 23,000 square foot shelter is nearly three times the size of the existing one, which dates to the 1950’s. In addition to the County’s animal control role, the new facility optimizes the County’s veterinary capabilities and its pet adoption program.

Office and staff areas provide improved and efficient work spaces for ten County employees including a dispatcher, a director and eight animal control officers.

The center can accommodate 124 dogs and 114 cats. Several cage sizes are available for various types of feline and canine guests. Easy-care features include durable floor coverings, power wash and rinse system and 286 floor drains. A glass-block window design provides abundant natural light in animal housing areas.

An advanced energy recovery wheel is incorporated into the air-handling system. Additionally, the wheel is coated to prevent micro-organisms from accumulating. This wheel has a self-purging portion that continuously vents bacteria out of the building.

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