Orange County Animal Care Facility (OCACF) – Tustin, CA


OCACF is the new Central Animal Care Facility in Orange County, California serving fourteen surrounding cities and communities. RFA’s design sites seven buildings, ample parking, corrals, service areas and a variety of exercise yards into a dynamic, park-like setting. The spine of the seven acre campus—a curved, tree lined Promenade—encourages public exploration and secure, nurturing interaction between visitors, staff and animals. The 36,000 SF, two-story main building, housing a state-of-the-art Veterinary Clinic, Cattery, public meeting spaces, Field Services and a variety of administrative departments, acts as a welcoming gateway to the OC Animal Care campus. Feline areas accommodate 192 cats featuring outdoor Cattios and stimulating, sun-filled Communal Cat Play Rooms. Canine Kennel Pavilions along the Promenade are designed to flexibly accommodate a diverse population of 200 dogs, showcase unique residents and create quiet opportunities for bonding. RFA worked extensively with OCAC staff, animal welfare specialists and members of the renowned UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to meticulously craft every aspect of this facility. The resulting design, going well beyond providing animal health and welfare in a secure, sustainable, durable facility, seeks to establish a new forward-thinking standard in municipal animal care and an inspirational community resource. RFA took advantage of sophisticated BIM 3D modeling tools to facilitate frequent client design reviews and Design-Build team communication. Efficient planning, durable concrete tilt-up panel construction and a number of innovative building techniques also helped to complete this sophisticated, fast-track project within budget and our client’s aggressive seventeen month schedule.