Pet Resource Center
Ralf Strathmann
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
StorefrontsKawneer
Trifab® VersaGlaze
EPDM Slabs, Visual Systems (playgorund surfacing)KRAIBURG Relastec
EUROFLEX®
Marmoleum flooring - Solid, Cocoa & ConcreteForbo Flooring Systems
Cable MeshCarl Stahl Architecture
Accoya Wood SidingAccoya
FurnitureSteelcase

Product Spec Sheet
Storefronts
Trifab® VersaGlaze by Kawneer
EPDM Slabs, Visual Systems (playgorund surfacing)
EUROFLEX® by KRAIBURG Relastec
Marmoleum flooring - Solid, Cocoa & Concrete
Cable Mesh
Accoya Wood Siding
by Accoya
Furniture
by Steelcase

Pet Resource Center

RA-DA as Architects

As the first building of its kind, the Pet Resource Center is a revolution in the animal care industry. With kennels and cages intentionally omitted, it’s function is similar in many ways to an animal shelter, but its fundamental philosophy is the polar opposite.

Best Friends Animal Society has a goal of No-Kill by 2025. To achieve this they had to devise an alternate approach disrupting a 150 year-old industry.

photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann
photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann

Driven by data, they are building an infrastructure to transport animals from overpopulated parts of the country to underserved parts, and are housing shelter pets with local foster families rather than keeping them on site in kennels and cages that are detrimental to health and behavior.

Instead of hiding on the edge of town, this building is centrally located and easily visible and accessible to all. It houses a medical center for animals passing through and for local rescues, a community center filled with engagement activities for the locals and a support center for all the foster parents and animals. Events such as Knitting with Kittens, Foster Fridays and Adoption Saturdays keep them connected to the community and make this a model for future centers worldwide.

photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann
photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann

THE VERNACULAR
A deep dive into the local barn vernacular allowed us to parse and categorize that language into architectural strategies for form. These are the strategies we used to manipulate our roofscape to achieve an efficient and intentional peaking, merging, and kicking out of the slopes to traverse the site and shelter the program.

photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann
photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann

A NEW WAY
During Covid many shelters were shut down and as a result, a large network of foster parents emerged. Best Friends capitalized on this and halfway through design, we decided that the kennels had to go: The goal was to build a shelter of the future.

photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann
photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann

A CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM
This meant a different approach to the design of the building. We had to rethink the purpose, the flow and the program. This Center needed to be community-focused, inclusive, and welcoming. We needed to pull the public into the world of Best Friends and get them involved, either to donate, volunteer, adopt or foster. It needed to support its affiliated rescues, foster parents, and the animals. It needed to provide adequate medical care and spay and neuter services. It needed to educate on all aspects of animal care including dog behavior or kitten feeding. It would even provide a community pantry for parents that were in need. Alongside this, there needed to be a ‘transport’ component that could support the relocation of pets across the country. The spaces are designed around these functions and creatively support these aspirations.

photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann
photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann

Team:
Client: Best Friends Animal Society
Architect: RA-DA
Photo Credits: Ralf Strathmann
Principal, Design Lead: Rania Alomar
Project Architect: Stephanie Odenheimer
Project Designer: Luisana Hernandez
Designer: Mike Green
Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineering: Harrison French & Associates
Structural Engineers: Harrison French & Associates
Civil Engineers: Harrison French & Associates
Landscape Architect: Harrison French & Associates
Lighting Design: RA-DA with PLPSocal
Audio Visual Design: AV Design Consultants
Specifications: KM Architectural Consulting

photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann
photo_credit Ralf Strathmann
Ralf Strathmann

Material Used:
1. Accoya: Accoya Wood Siding
2. Carl Stahl: Cable Mesh
3. Ameristar: Wire Works Fencing
4. CPI Daylighting: U-Lite Monolithic Translucent Panels
5. Kawneer: Trifab VersaGlaze Storefronts
6. AD Systems: Office Slide - sliding door systems
7. Shaw Flooring: Argonne Forest Oak - Tapestry
8. Forbo: Marmoleum flooring - Solid, Cocoa & Concrete
9. Hanover: Precast Pavers - Prest pedestal pavers #1109 color
10. Wilsonart: Plastic Laminate - orange grove / white barn
11. Wilsonart: Solid Surface Counters - Silver Smoke, Avalanche Melange
12. Daltile: 6x12 standard tiles - pearl white, mushroom, brish
13. Marlite: FRP smooth surface panel
14. Tarkett / Johnsonite: Rubber Wall Base - Thermoset 4" Pearl
15. PacClad: Snap Clad, Standing Seam metal roof
16. Euroflex: EPDM Slabs, Visual Systems (playgorund surfacing)
17. USG: Mars Acoustic Ceilings
18. Goric Playgrounds: Kaiser and Kuhne Slide
19. Hightower: Furniture
20. Heartwork: Furniture
21. Steelcase: Furniture

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