Raising the Ruff: Construction Updates
Raising the Ruff on Our New Home
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Construction Progress 09/01/16
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.