After eight years of PAWED advocacy we are thrilled that construction is almost complete at the new El Dorado County Animal Services Facility, located at 6435 Capitol Avenue in Diamond Springs. On these pages you will find a chronicle of the construction process.
The most recent updates are at the top. There may be links in the text that direct you to additional information on a specific item. For more comprehensive photo galleries, fun descriptions from BULLET the shelter cat and the full slide show from the Ribbon Cutting go to BULLET”S BLOG.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 – OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING - It was a small event to recognized the joint achievement of public and private entities. The Grand Opening is now scheduled for the Spring of 2015 by which time all of the PAWED Finishing Touches should be installed; including the Donor Tile Wall, artwork, shade sails and synthetic turf.
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 – The new facility has been operational for a month now. Fencing work is still in progress outside but there are places for cats, dogs and large animals now at 6435 Capitol Ave.
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 – First Surgery Day in the new Shelter Veterinary Clinic -
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 – More fixtures go in, counter tops, sinks and the
big move in. -
Even though there is still a lot to be done outside, most of the interior work is now done and it was decided that the facility was ready for the move.
Outside there is still a lot of fencing to go in to provide paddocks for the large animals, a perimeter fence and multiple exercise yards for the dogs. Installation of the synthetic turf and shade sails financed through the finishing touches campaign has been postponed as additional engineering was needed for the shade sails and the turf will not go in until after the shade sails are up.
Indoors there is still a lot of work to do on the Veterinary Clinic including decommissioning of the PAWED Mobile Clinic and re-installation of the equipment in the new facility. There is a lot of work to do yet before surgeries can be done. New equipment for the clinic and for the grooming room also arrived this week and is awaiting installation.
Monday, October 6, 2014 – Concrete walkways are in, signage goes up and indoors the facility looks almost ready to be occupied. - Lots of progress was made at the shelter site again this last week. The flooring is all in and the front lobby looks great. The counter tops still have to go in before the move in about 10 days.
Out on Capitol the new Animal Services Sign and wonderful new logo done by Jamie H. provide a splash of color to greet visitors. Where last week there was re-bar and forms this week there is concrete to walk on. And in the kennel rooms the cages and other fixtures are going in. Don’t forget to check over at Bullet’s Blog for a more extensive photo gallery.
Monday, September 29, 2014 – More Barn Roofing, Kennel Runs, Floor Details, Doors and More – Outside the Sally Port’s roof is up, the entire roof is on the barn and the forms for the walkways in front of the building are going in and awaiting concrete.
Indoors more doors are in, sinks, toilets and faucets as well as cupboards have shown up in most of the rooms, finishing details adorn the flooring, kennel runs have begun to be installed, the washer and dryer have arrived, the veterinary clinic is well underway and all surfaces are getting a full clean and polish. A very extensive gallery of photos can be seen on Bullet’s Blog.
Monday September 22, 2014 – Roofing the Barn -
Less than half a day’s work since the last update and the rest of the rafters are in and the roofing is going on. Things are looking really good. Hopefully the entire roof will be in place and all the hardware installed by the end of the week. Next week we will take a look inside the building again and see how the flooring and fixture installation is doing. We expect more major progress there as well.
Friday September 18, 2014 – Barn Raising and Glass and Fixtures - The Noah’s Wish Barn is going up. The kit from Nor Cal Structures arrived last week and already all of the walls and rafters are pretty much up. On site Tim was impressed that the process was going so smoothly with all the bolts and holes lining up.
The roof should be on within another week. Other outside activities include grading for the exercise areas and side approach to the lobby and the sally port foundation is done.
Inside the lobby is looking quite nice and you can appreciate how the colors go together. Fixtures are going in, like sinks and drinking fountains. The kennel rooms are ready for the kennels and glass is going up all around. Most of the flooring is done. For more pictures and witty banter you can always go to Bullet’s Blog for the latest on the happenings at the shelter and the new shelter construction.
Friday, September 12, 2014 – Barn Kit Arrival (Pictures by Barb Lee)
As projected the Barn Kit arrived to day. Installation of the Barn begins next week, so check in to see the progress. Completion of the interior work is expected by the end of September and move in is still scheduled for Mid-October. As usual for additional images check out Bullet’s Blog.
Monday, September 8, 2014 – Finish Work
Progress on the walls and the floors continues. The Barn footings and foundation are ready as well as the walkway to the new barn.
Glass was being installed as the images of today were being captured. Kennel room floors were drying and curing with do not enter tape criss-crossing the openings. Soon (Fri the 12th) the barn kit will arrive and next week installation will begin along with exterior grading work.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – Its About the Flooring and Walls this week. Subcontractors
continue the great work on the facility. Progress is rapid at the New Animal Services Facility. Painting continues bringing joyful colors to many of the rooms. The flooring is going down too and it coordinates well with the color scheme. Storage space up off of the floor is critical to a neat and tidy shelter and installation of cabinets has begun.
Over head electrical lighting in the dog run rooms add to the light from the Sun Tunnels. Outside progress is also being made, as the barn foundation has been poured and the forms for the walkways are beginning to appear. All in all, things are looking absolutely fabulous and still on track. For additional pictures and information please visit Bullet’s Blog.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 – Heating and Air Unit and Colored Paint A modern Animal Shelter needs the ability to provide for a comfortable and healthy air supply for its inhabitants. The Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Cooling units went in this past week.
As the a crane was lifting the units into place outside painting continued inside. Most of the cream colored walls are done and now colored paint is going on. Mermaid Cove is a lovely green and there is also a purplish blue color that compliments the green. It makes for very soothing surroundings. It should be good for the public, the staff and the critters.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 – Let the Painting Begin. Crews continue to make progress on the New Westslope Animal shelter. Most of the drywall is up, taped and smoothed over. Painting is well underway with the color called “Siamese Kitten.” Plastic painter’s sheeting is everywhere and the Sunlights continue to amaze with the amount of light they bring into the interior kennel rooms. Check out Bullet’s Blog as usual for a full gallery of images cataloging the progress being made.
Thursday, July 18, 2014 – Insulation, Drywall Taping, Rooms Taking Shape, Sunlights. The barn pad is all graded and the barn is funded and ordered. The regular drywall in the offices and administrative halls is being taped. Concrete board is in, in the dog kennel rooms. Skylight tubes are
providing some illumination and the insulation is wrapped around the hot water supplies. A lot of the ceiling and wall insulation is in as well. Air duct work continues as well and the lobby is really taking shape. For more pictures and descriptions please go to Bullet’s Blog.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – Door Frames, Barn Pad, More Drywall & Pipes – Oh, and a crane. Progress continues at warp speed it seems. A visit to the site today revealed 3 tractors working on the building pad for the Large Animal Barn and a crane lifting the old air conditioning units out of the back area to make room for the new ones. The rough electrical work is close to completion, supply lines and drains as well. Door frames are shimmed and ready for the doors and dry wall is going up all over the place in addition to some concrete board.
Dry wall is still stacked in a number of rooms awaiting installation. Per Dan, the project manager, they next have to get the drywall screws and other things inspected after which they can move forward with the taping and texturing of the dry wall,
as well as the T-bar or dropped ceiling installation. (It is interesting to note that cropped ceilings were used in Japan as early as the Muromachi Period, 1337 to 1573, and in England to improve the acoustics of the London Blackfriars Theater in 1596. – From Wikipedia) For more images of the shelter progress go to Bullet’s Blog.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Copper and Dry
As noted at the recent EDC Board of Supervisors meeting, the New Shelter Facility is really moving forward. It is really quite beautiful at this point with all of the metal wall studs interlaced with copper piping for the water delivery system. Much prettier than the black piping for waste water removal. That said it is already being sequestered behind dry wall as the pace of construction seems to be approaching warp speed. It is amazing how every thing is moving along.
Monday, June 2, 2014 - More Walls, Wires & Prevention of Fires
The walls continue to reach upward, with the vast majority of the wall framing done, a careful walk through the building provides one with a sense of the rooms and extent of the great new facility. As the studs are made of metal the cuts of the boards are accompanied by a flourish of sparks which is quite beautiful in it own way.
The electrical wires are also going in, now that the walls are mostly up. The metal boards come with precut holes to route the wires through and crew add symbols and their own hieroglyphics to indicate the nature of a given outlet.
Another major need is water for fire sprinklers. This involves a lot of overhead work as well as the fitting of heavy gauge pipe. Quite an interesting process with an intriguing piece of equipment to assist the experts.
With overhead work well underway hardhats are the fashion statement on site now and small lifts allow the workers to anchor the studs and other elements that need to be fastened high above.
The next phase will involve sheet rocking and door installation will begin soon as well with the arrival of the door jams contemplated for next week.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 – Walls and Ducting – GOING UP!
At this point things are really moving up in the world of the new shelter – literally. The ducting system and the walls are going in. The big open space is now filling in with ducting above and with steel “2×6″ walls rising from the floor it looks a bit otherworldly. It is fantastic to see the great progress being made on site.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Concrete Pour #1
Looks like our New Shelter is back on solid ground, so to speak. The ditches have now been filled with concrete, leveled and trowel finish applied. The work was to be done in three separate pours. These images are by Janice Marques from the first day of concrete work. The next phase is overhead work on ducting and more plumbing. And around the 3rd week of May wall framing begins. Keep checking back for updates. And don’t forget to check Bullet’s Blog for more photos and information.
Friday, April 11th, 2014 -
Progress continues on the New Animal Services Facility. Now that the special under-drain has arrived, trenching and dirt piling rule the construction site. Dirt moving is done both by small tractor and by hand and the dirt is piled to the ceiling in some places. Over the next couple of weeks the rest of the under-drain will be put in place followed by a series of concrete pours to fill the holes and level the floor. For more pictures and details please check out Bullet’s Blog at www.blogforbullet.com
Friday, March 28th, 2014 - You can see from the latest image what the cuts in the concrete were for. In this image some of the drainage pipes have been placed in the ”ditches” created after removal of the concrete between the cuts. Brent was kind enough to snap this photo for us so we could see the latest progress at the new Shelter.
March 17th, 2014 – Construction officially begins. The first task is the removal of large portions of the concrete floor in preparation for new floors and to accommodate the extensive drain systems required for modern shelter operations.
February 23, 2014 - PAWED hosted 165 enthusiastic shelter supporters at a Construction Kick-off Celebration at the new Shelter facility.
February 15, 2014 (approximately) - Bids were received and the successful bidder, General Contractor D. G. Granade of Shingle Springs was awarded the contract for the extensive interior renovation of the building.