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Raising the Ruff: Construction Updates

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Raising the Ruff on Our New Home
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Have You Heard? 
Due to delays in delivery of our HVAC system, our move date has been delayed. We are still at our Union facility and we’ll let you know more as the move date is finalized.
*The Grand Opening Celebration on Sept 22 has been postponed until Spring 2017, when we will have a celebration in conjunction with our 30th anniversary.*

Construction Progress 09/01/16
For most people, a parking lot might not be an excuse to paw-ty, but for FSD a parking lot means our volunteers, clients and visitors will have a safe place to park on our own property. Most importantly, it will allow us to be more hospitable to our clients. Last month staff and volunteers helped lay plastic, tape and paint the downstairs area. It looks great! Thanks to our amazing donors who helped us purchase paint through our Paint Paw’tner campaign! Cabinets for the food preparation and exam areas are ordered; floor tile & bathroom tile are on-site thanks to Decorative Materials; epoxy floors are installed. New kennels will be delivered this month!
Designs By Sundown pruned the trees on our street side, and the building looks so pretty! Soon, DBS will be building a gorgeous walking trail that was made possible through the generosity of a family donation.
By the way, it’s not too late to sponsor a kennel to honor a loved one. Each sponsored kennel will receive a life-time plaque commemorating your beloved pet or loved one.

Construction Progress 06/24/16

The kennel pods are up and walls are built! This will allow us to add PACFA-approved HVAC to both the well-dog and ISO kennel pods and then drop-in a ceiling. Again, all of this will reduce kennel stress so that the success rate of our graduating dogs can increase. Our amazing volunteers also removed carpet from the training room. This will allow us to epoxy the floor. In July, staff and volunteers will be painting the interior walls. We have an offer to buy paint at wholesale cost, but need a few ‘paw’tners to help us buy the 200 gallons of paint we need to give our new home a pristine coat. Click here to see how you can be a paint ‘paw’tner.

Construction Progress 05/05/16

The indoor kennel area will the equipped with 45 well-dog kennels and 26 isolation (ISO) kennels. The room will divided into kennel “pods” that will work as sound barriers. The drainage system is nearly complete, which will allow our staff and volunteers to easily clean the kennels using hoses and drains. The “fur”st ISO room has been poured and drains fully completed. In the administration area, our hospitality room is getting a little make over. We can’t wait for you to see it in person at the Grand Opening. Speaking of which, save the date for September 22, 2016 from 3:00-7:30 PM. More details will be forthcoming.

Construction Progress 3/29/16

Volunteers dedicated several hours to help with fencing and removing desks – truly a labor of love. The indoor kennel area is coming along nicely, but not without a glitch. It’s construction, after all. Trenches are finished and 28 helical screw piles were inserted to support the interior walls in the new kennel area. It was determined that the screw piles needed to be dug as deep as 108 feet because of our Colorado soil. Fortunately, we are still on schedule but the amount we need to raise was increased by $115,000. What’s coming in April? Painting, outdoor work and our challenge gift deadline.

Construction Progress 2/22/16

Located on the west side of our facility, is a former warehouse that will become home to our dogs in training. We are in the process of transforming the warehouse space into a suitable section for indoor kennels. Tearing out the concrete so that we can pour the foundation was the first step. A new foundation will give us the ability to re-purpose this space with dividing walls that will aide in noise reduction. Reduced noise means less kennel stress.


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