Camp Bow Wow, Dog Care Facility - Joliet, Illinois
Posted: August 31, 2022 | Projects
On a small site in Joliet, Illinois, this 7,566-square-foot building was constructed for a new Camp Bow Wow location. United Architects, Ltd. along with Ruettiger, Tonelli & Associates, Inc. (Civil), BP Miller Consultants, Ltd. (Civil), and O’Higgins & Arnold Sustainability L.L.C. (Mechanical) designed the dog daycare, grooming, and boarding camp according to Camp Bow Wow guidelines.
Photograph courtesy of Fresh Quest Photo
Camp Bow Wow is North America’s largest pet care franchise, with 200 locations in 40 states and Canada. Since 2000, the Camp concept has provided the highest levels of fun, safety and service for its Campers, and peace of mind for their parents.
R. Berti Building Solutions was the general contractor for the project and completed the building within 7 months. The wood frame building features 2 × 6 wood stud exterior walls supporting roof trusses, on a concrete foundation with a concrete slab on grade. This allows the rear portion to be opened for indoor play areas and cabins for the dogs.
The exterior veneer is split-face concrete block on the sides and the rear, and decorative stone with brick and siding on the front. The front entrance is covered with a metal roof on thick cedar trusses with cedar posts and stone bases. The main roof is asphalt shingles.
An aluminum entrance door and aluminum windows are at the front. Insulation in the walls is R-21, and in the attic it is R-30 fiberglass insulation. The front lobby has a check-in and a check-out area for the dogs.
The halls to the cabins have metal wainscotting, and in the rear the walls are covered with FRP panels. There are three private “suites” which are larger than the cabins; a room for grooming; and a storage area for the pet supplies. The large Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) provides fresh air throughout the rear area. The building is protected with a fire alarm and a fire sprinkler system.
Camp Bow Wow Joliet is locally owned by John Quinn, who opened his Camp after 30 years in the IT and cyber security industry to help others in the Joliet area solve a problem he often faced: stress over traveling and leaving his pets. John’s Camp will feature three large indoor and outdoor play areas, 4 luxury suites and 70 spacious cabins for overnight stays.
The Camp also features live web cams so pet parents can check in on their dogs. The Camp will fill a gap in the pet care space in Joliet, offering an environment unique only to Camp Bow Wow. Dogs romp together in an open-play environment, and pricing is all-inclusive.
In addition to day care and overnight boarding, the company also offers personalized enrichment opportunities, grooming services, and a rewards-based dog training program.
United Architects, Ltd.
1002 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL 60435
BP Miller Consultants, Ltd.
P.O. Box 757
Minooka, IL 60447
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
O’Higgins & Arnold Sustainability, LLC
769 Heartland Drive, Unit A
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
R. Berti Building Solutions
1609 Rock Creek Boulevard
Joliet, IL 60431
Ruettiger, Tonelli & Associates
129 Capista Drive
Shorewood, IL 60404
Date Bid: Aug 2021
Construction Period: Sep 2021 to Jul 2022
Site .82 acre.
Total Square Feet: 9,224*
Building Sizes: Exterior play area, 1,230; first floor, 7,566; attic, 428; total 9,224* square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12'; attic, 7'10"; floor to floor, 13'; total, 22'4".
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick.
Roof: Asphalt shingle, metal.
Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.