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Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Expansion & Renovation
Fairfax, VA

Cole & Denny Architects designed the new, central animal shelter for Fairfax County. Located on the site of the original shelter, the 26,600 SF facility provides state-of-the-art housing and veterinary care for 65 dogs, 104 cats and various reptiles, birds and other mammals. Also included are community meeting facilities, a veterinary clinic, and offices for the county’s Animal Control division. The project was designed for construction in phases to keep the facility functioning throughout construction. The building is designed with a “retail” emphasis to promote adoption and offer education for animal care and well-being. Large, welcoming public lobbies, meeting rooms, and visiting spaces provide clean and attractive environments for public interaction. The building employs sustainable design principles for LEED-Gold certification.

2015 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Award
2015 American Public Works Association Project of the Year
2014 NAIOP Award of Excellence
2014 Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Compassion Award

2014 “A Renewed Fairfax Animal Shelter”

2014 “Shelter Upgrades Exceed Expectations”

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