Projects Add To WSKF Architects' Animal Control Expertise
WSKF Architects continues to expand its design expertise in animal control facilities with the completion of a facility in Excelsior Springs, Mo., and design work beginning on a new one with the City of Leavenworth, Kan.
The new Excelsior Springs facility totals 2,200 square feet and offers significantly more space, ease of operation and separate access for animals, staff and visitors compared to the old facility. The new building provides specially designed space for animal intake and processing, quarantine for sick or aggressive animals and a large exam/multipurpose room.
Although master planned for twice the capacity, the new facility has kennel capacity for 16 dogs and 32 cats as well as a public lobby and get-acquainted room that are specially designed to support the City’s animal adoption efforts. There’s also an outdoor exercise area.
The operational efficiency and effectiveness of the new building is a result of collaboration among the design team members, City leaders, Police Department, Animal Control officers and Public Works, according to Rick Kuhl, the WSKF Architects principal who led the design team.
“The result is a facility that creates a humane environment for animals and offers much-improved space for staff operations and safety as well as for visitors interested in pet adoption,” Kuhl says. WSKF worked closely with City staff to support Excelsior Springs’ decision to self-perform most of the construction work on the project.
WSKF Architects was also recently selected by the City of Leavenworth to work with Police Department and Animal Control officials to design a new municipal animal control shelter to replace their current facility. The new facility will include space for a sallyport, dog/cat kennels, exam room, offices and other staff areas, lobby and visitation room, and an outdoor animal exercise area.
“We’re honored the City of Leavenworth recognized the expertise our design team of architects, interior designers and engineers have built up in our work together on animal control facilities during the past decade,” Kuhl adds.