City of Pampa Animal Welfare Facility
GH2 Architects, LLC
Posted: June 9, 2021 | Projects
The new Pampa Animal Shelter is a safe haven for homeless animals of all shapes and sizes. Improvements to the original 90-year-old facility include six times more space lower operating costs, and new technologies such as a pressure washing system and a UV air filtration and sanitation system. The shelter is now better able to provide its furry guests with clean, airy, and spacious facilities for the duration of their stay.
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This new facility was made possible because of a special election approving $3 million in bond money. The city realized the urgent necessity of a new animal shelter, due to the dedicated campaigning by PAWS (Pampa Animal Welfare Society) volunteers. The 13,000-square-foot shelter will replace what was essentially a cluster of rapidly deteriorating buildings.
Working with city staff, the director and staff of animal control, and PAWS, GH2 Architects carefully developed a master plan for the site that enabled the shelter facilities to expand in the future. The shelter is located in Hobart Street Park. This location in a city park near downtown Pampa, TX, makes the building highly visible and accessible to the community.
The building’s exterior reflects the vernacular of farm and agricultural buildings in the region, with earth-tone accents and metal roofing incorporated into the design. The scale and layout of the facility mimics a small cluster of agricultural buildings with more of a “homestead” feel than the typical clinical feel of an animal shelter. GH2 also provided landscape design services, selecting turf and plant species native to the local Texas Panhandle area.
Inside the new shelter, there is plentiful natural light, with windows that provide views outside into the surrounding park. This daylight, in addition to the lighting control system, provides maximum energy savings to the shelter.
The animal welfare facility includes integrated volunteer and community outreach program spaces, such as a multi-purpose community room and adoption center with both indoor and outdoor “get acquainted” areas—as well as a large dog park. In addition, the facility contains staff and volunteer offices and work rooms, 50 canine indoor kennels, 52 feline cat cottages, a common cattery, food prep and storage, dishwashing, laundry, intake and bathing, a temperament assessment area, a euthanasia suite, and a sally port.
GH2 designed a solution that truly meets the current needs and anticipates the future needs of the City of Pampa. The facility is an inviting, safe, efficient, and healthy environment for the animals, staff, volunteers, and members of the Pampa community.
Building Envelope: Featherlite, Petersen Aluminum
Roofing: GAF, Petersen Aluminum Standing Seam
Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Flooring: Tnemec, Shaw
Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless, Pinnacle, Hapco
Architect & Cost Estimator
GH2 Architects, LLC
320 S. Boston Avenue, #1100
Tulsa, OK 74103
Wallace Engineering Structural & Civil Consultants
200 E. Matthew Brady Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.
4150 S. 100th East Avenue, #401
Tulsa, OK 74146
Parkhill Smith & Cooper, Inc.
1001 S. Harrison Street, #A
Amarillo, TX 79101
Plains Builders, Inc.
7110 Canyon Drive
Amarillo, TX 79109
Date Bid: November 2012
Construction Period: January 2013 to November 2013
Total Square Feet: 13,578
Site: 3 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 13,578; total, 13,578 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 32’; total, 32’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, metal panels.
Roof: Membrane, metal.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.