CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

EDCASlobby5x4wAfter 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. 0015

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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.IMG_4535hdtv 1300 1347 1460

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 – First Surgery Day in the new Shelter Veterinary Clinic - 

First Surgery Day

First Surgery Day

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 – More fixtures go in, counter tops, sinks and the

Alli answers the phones at the front desk while Bullet the shelter cat gets ready for some canine temperament testing.

Alli answers the phones at the front desk while Bullet the shelter cat gets ready for some canine temperament testing.

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The new heated surgery table arrived this week.

The new heated surgery table arrived this week.

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.

New sink and dog food prep area.

New sink and dog food prep area.

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.

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Jeff removes the door of the Mobile Clinic so the cage banks can be moved out.

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.

The new sign out on Capitol Ave.

The new sign out on Capitol Ave.

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.

Kennel hardware is being installed now.

Kennel hardware is being installed now.

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New concrete walkways

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, IMG_3054wKennel 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.

IMG_3177wIMG_3147wIMG_3094wIndoors 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.

Barn overview with part of roof.

Barn overview with part of roof.

Monday September 22, 2014 – Roofing the Barn - 

Underside of shed row roof.

Underside of roof for paddock area on back of 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.

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Barn View 2

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.

Barn View 2

Barn View 2

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.

Lobby view

Lobby view

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)

Barn Kit arrival on Friday September 12th.

Barn Kit arrival on Friday September 12th.

 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 

Barn foundation and walkway are awaiting arrival of the Barn Kit.

Barn foundation and walkway are awaiting arrival of the Barn Kit.

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 is being installed in the Lobby.

Glass is being installed in the Lobby.

 

 

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.

Cupboards for storage, and new coordinating linoleum on the floor

Cupboards for storage, and new coordinating linoleum on the floor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – Its About the Flooring and Walls this week. Subcontractors

The lobby has some color  now too.

The lobby has some color now too.

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.

The concrete for the barn foundation is in and walkways are formed waiting for the next concrete pour.

The concrete for the barn foundation is in and walkways are formed waiting for the next concrete pour.

Overhead electrical lighting in the dog adoption rooms adds to the natural light from the Sun Tunnels.

Overhead electrical lighting in the dog adoption rooms adds to the natural light from the Sun Tunnels.

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.

The industrial HVAC units are a must for a modern Animal Shelter.

The industrial HVAC units are a must for a modern Animal Shelter.

Some beautiful colors are going up on the walls this week.

Some beautiful colors are going up on the walls this 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.

Painters are very busy applying coats of paint.

Painters are very busy applying coats of paint.

Appropriately named paint. SIAMESE KITTEN

Appropriately named paint. SIAMESE KITTEN

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.

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Offices off of hallways.

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Light tubes bring some of the outside indoors. Concrete board is used in kennel rooms such as this one.

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

With the drywall up you can begin to see how the lobby will look. Front door in the distance.

With the drywall up you can begin to see how the lobby will look. Front door in the distance.

Hot water supply lines are wrapped in white insulation while walls are filled with the typical pink fiberglass insulation

Hot water supply lines are wrapped in white insulation while walls are filled with the typical pink fiberglass insulation

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.

A Crane was used to remove the old air conditioning units and make way for the new.

A Crane was used to remove the old air conditioning units and make way for the new.

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.

Grading the pad for the Large Animal Barn requires   fugitive dust control.

Grading the pad for the Large Animal Barn requires fugitive dust control.

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.

Copper water pipes make a lovely adornment to the metal in the walls

Copper water pipes make a lovely adornment to the metal in the walls

Thursday, June 12, 2014 – Copper and Dry

Dry wall covers up all the beautiful copper pipes but signals another step forward with the construction.

Dry wall covers up all the beautiful copper pipes but signals another step forward with the construction.

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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

New walls seemingly reach to the sky.

New walls seemingly reach to the sky.

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.

Sparks fly in the cutting of the "studs" for the walls.

Sparks fly in the cutting of the “studs” for the walls.

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.

Wiring has begun complete with tradesman symbology.

Wiring has begun complete with tradesman symbology.

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.

Pipefitting for the sprinklers has a really "cool tool".

Pipefitting for the sprinklers has a really “cool tool”.

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!

Construction is going vertical with air ducting and steel wall framing.

Construction is going vertical with air ducting and steel wall framing.

 

Very large ducting is a key component needed  to move enough air to keep shelter animals healthy.

Very large ducting is a key component needed to move enough air to keep shelter animals healthy.

 

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

19 rebar2 21 pumped Concrete zat is allLooks 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.

 

Some of the work gets done by hand and one shovel full at a time.

Some of the work gets done by hand and one shovel full at a time 4/11/14.

Friday, April 11th, 2014 -

This over sized under drain is perfect for moving high volumes of liquid.

This over sized under drain is perfect for moving high volumes of liquid.

4/11/14 Little Tractors are useful indoors and some under drain.

4/11/14 Little Tractors are useful indoors and some under drain.

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

 

Cuts made, concrete removed and now drainage pipes placed at the New Shelter site.

Cuts made, concrete removed and now drainage pipes placed at the New Shelter site 3/28/14.

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.

Cutting Concrete to prepare for installation of proper drainage system. 3/17/14

Cutting Concrete to prepare for installation of proper drainage system. 3/17/14

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.

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Construction Kick off 2/23/14

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.

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