Building a Better Way Home construction update: a work in progress

Construction projects are often marathons and not sprints, and when the finish line of a scheduled milestone is within sight, there’s something special in the air; an extra push combined with a sense of accomplishment. Then, you realize the finish line actually is the beginning of a new phase of development, and that’s pretty exciting, too. For the Building a Better Way Home project, construction at the new Leslie A. Malone Center is just about to cross the finish line in our new Bob Rohde Adoptions area, the Martin Family Pet Admissions area and Gracie’s Yard.

What does the end of this development phase look like? Well, the lower level work and new adoption spaces on the main level will be complete. League teams have identified all the owner-supplied items (e.g., equipment, trash cans, sharp containers, etc.), final inspections have taken place, and the project turned over to the Dumb Friends League, meaning the League received a certificate of occupancy from the City of Denver and both people and animals can move into their new spaces. By the time you read this article, we expect to be moved into our new spaces. So exciting!

Then, it’s on to the next phase of construction, which includes demolishing and building out the existing intake area and lost and found kennels to approximately 80 percent completion. Once most of the work is completed, that space will be used as a temporary veterinary clinic for our team while veterinary services and the west obedience areas are remodeled. Eventually, the current intake and lost and founds areas will become new spaces for the Foster and Behavior departments.

The project scope has expanded to accommodate existing and future needs not just for the shelter but also for the community, and the work is expected to be completed within budget. In early 2020, construction will begin on what is being called the pavilion area. This space will include three areas that can be combined into one large conference and community classroom to accommodate up to 300 people. There will also be a new entrance and a full catering kitchen. Construction documents will be completed in July, and then the project will be submitted for a building permit and bids. The entire project is expected to be completed by fall 2020!

Join us on August 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and help us celebrate our newly-renovated facility. Be sure to take a self-guided tour throughout the shelter and visit with the adoptable pets. To help celebrate the day, adoption specials, sponsored by Petco, will be available.