The October 14th groundbreaking ceremony for the Saginaw County Animal Care & Control Resource Center was met with enthusiasm from the crowd gathered at the spacious 7.4 acre Kochville Township site located on Bay Road.
A new $10.1 million, 23,090 SF state-of-the-art facility will triple the current shelter with numerous improvements including an on-site veterinary clinic, outdoor dog runs, and an innovative ventilation system to help maintain a sterile environment. These specially designed features will enhance safety for staff as well as animals within the clinic.
William A. Kibbe & Associates (WAK) is providing engineering and architectural design services along with Blue Sky Architects for this project that has been ongoing since 2018 when an $11.4 million millage was approved by Saginaw County voters. Blue Sky provided animal care expertise, including programming, layouts, and floor plans, and WAK provided the design of the building shell and site, including architectural services, and civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering. Granger Construction Company is the Construction Manager and will oversee the construction of the facility.
“We are beyond excited for the groundbreaking ceremony to begin and the shovel to get in the ground today,” said shelter director, Bonnie Kanicki. We agree with Bonnie’s sentiments and after years of seeing design plans on paper, we are eager to see this facility start to take shape.
During the groundbreaking event, WAK President, Greg Bator, spoke about the design process and how, “The Center’s overall design was based on analyzing the numbers for animal intake and adoption and frequent discussions with Bonnie and her team regarding their specific needs. The materials and finished surfaces are selected for ease of routine cleaning and long-term durability. The final design provides a durable, multipurpose, and inviting facility that meets the specific needs of Saginaw County.”