The Community Animal Hospital was constructed as the initial phase of a large-scale campus project for the Jacksonville Humane Society that will enlarge and replace existing antiquated facilities. The campus will consist of two main functions: this new clinic and a future adoption center. Additional support functions and amenities will also be incorporated. The scope of work has been phased allowing existing buildings to continue operations during construction.
Phase 1 includes this new animal hospital and a new entrance to the site with upgrades to the infrastructure in preparation for future phases. The goal was to establish a modern image in architecture, branding, and animal care to increase public awareness and utilization. The new clinic provides modern facilities for treatment of animals and an immediate commitment by the client to improve their delivery of care for their animals.
The clinic program required an efficient concept to allow simple movements from function to function including pet owners entering the facility, escorting them to examination rooms, then transitioning animals to the treatment areas. Architecturally, the lobby was conceived as a hub with a strong connection to the exterior. The exterior connection was accomplished by maximizing glass walls to expand the interior space into the landscaped spaces around the entry mass. These glass walls also promote views to the surrounding wetlands and allow amply natural light.
Additional program spaces were positioned to facilitate transitions from treatment to holding and recovery with peripheral connections to support spaces. In all spaces, material selection and light quality were important considerations. It was desired that all spaces with animals had some level of natural lighting to reduce energy consumption and promote animal health. Porcelain tile, laminated phenolic panels and anti-microbial quartz and solid surface countertops, and stainless steel equipment were utilized throughout as highly durable and easily cleaned materials.
Project: Jacksonville Humane Society Animal Hospital
Location: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Project Size: 6,500 SF total building
Completion Date: May 2012
Bacon Group, Inc. and Richard Bacon is the Architect of Record. I was the lead designer/project manager from commencement to construction completion.