OC Animal Care - Rauhaus Freedenfeld & Associates Architects

OC Animal Care – Tustin, CA

OC Animal Care in Tustin, California is the central animal care facility in Orange County, 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 and feature outdoor catios 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 OC Animal Care staff, animal welfare specialists, and members of the renowned University of California, 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 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 the client’s aggressive eighteen-month schedule.

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