After years of careful planning and design, in late May 2017, the City of El Cajon began construction of the new El Cajon Animal Shelter.
The El Cajon Animal Shelter, a 14,703-square-foot one-story building with a 2,600-square- foot exterior, will include administrative offices, housing for animals, veterinary services for sick and injured sheltered animals, grooming, play/interaction areas, pet adoption services, an exercise area, and more. The new shelter doubles the size of the current 50-year-old shelter, located nearby at 1275 N. Marshall Avenue.
The modern facility will cost approximately $9.3 million and is funded by Proposition O special revenues, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November of 2004 specifically for improvements to public safety facilities and a new animal shelter. The special tax ended in 2015.
Ferguson Pape Baldwin Associates are providing project architectural services and CW Driver is the general contractor providing construction management services.
The shelter is expected to open by the summer of 2018!
Progress of Construction
Construction continues to meet project milestones during the month of February! The flooring, locker rooms, fire extinguisher cabinets, pressure irrigation mains, and gas service lines have been installed and the parking lot curbs and gutters were constructed. Conduit wiring, plumbing and panel installations are being fitted. We are on schedule for project completion in May 2018!
|February 1, 2018||February 12, 2018|
|February 12, 2018||February 21, 2018|
We’re off to a great start this new year! Fiber optic splicing is complete, protective high-performance coatings in the kennel areas have been applied, front entrance metal rust feature has been sealed, and the exterior storefront metal animal wall art has been mounted. With just under four months left…be sure to check back in with new and exciting construction updates as the project nears completion.
|January 4, 2018||January 8, 2018|
|January 8, 2018||January 15, 2018|
The crew has been working diligently this Holiday season to keep on schedule for completion. The roofing and exterior weather proofing is complete, architectural high-roof cedar planks have been installed and sealed, exterior doors and hardware have been installed, and storefront door installation is finalized. The crew is currently working on fabricating wall backing for the animal artwork, installing light fixtures, aluminum composite panels and Corten Steel panels, and finalizing radiant heating and HVAC. We are on schedule!
|December 9, 2017||December 12, 2017|
|December 13, 2017||December 19, 2017|
We are excited to announce project construction is now 40% complete! Overhead ductwork and plumbing as well as in-wall plumbing and electrical installation is on-going. West storefront entrance construction has commenced. Crew started installing dry wall. Kennel manufacturing and installation, shelter flooring and tile, X-ray room, PA System, and the Shelter’s donor feature are all being worked on behind the scenes. Door frames have been installed, interior metal framing has been completed, and wall insulation is almost finished.
|November 9, 2017||November 13, 2017|
|November 15, 2017||November 15, 2017|
The construction of the new shelter has been AMAZING! Roof framing, interior metal stud framing, and in-wall plumbing has commenced. Gutter systems, wall sheathing, weather barriers, and roofing panels have been installed. Closures for metal roofing is underway and interior electrical continues to be installed as the project progresses.
|October 3, 2017||October 17, 2017|
|October 24, 2017||October 24, 2017|
Rapid development continues on the construction site during the month of September! Concrete floor slabs have been poured at grade level. Concrete masonry is complete and the majority of steel and carpentry framing are nearly finished. Overhead plumbing, electrical and fire protection piping has begun with the roof to be stocked and installed next month.
|September 1, 2017||September 14, 2017|
|September 22, 2017||September 28, 2017|
The progression of construction does not cease to amaze us! Despite the recent heat wave, crews have been working hard and finished building the masonry walls and started work on the sub-foundation infrastructure. The utility route planning is almost near completion. Foundation is scheduled to pour next month.
|August 2, 2017||August 9, 2017|
|August 10, 2017||August 18, 2017|
After less than a month of grading, the foundation has been formed and the walls began to be built for the new Animal Shelter. Despite the hot weather, construction has progressed rapidly and the visible activity has been exciting to watch. What cannot be seen in the photo is the installation of sewer lines and storm drains and the pouring of the building’s foundation, all of which has been momentously accomplished in July.
|July 3, 2017||July 12, 2017|
|July 14, 2017||July 17, 2017|
Contractors hit the ground running! The site was graded for the building pad, footings were installed and utility installation began.
|June 6, 2017||June 15, 2017|
|June 20, 2017||June 28, 2017|
It’s been more than12 years in the making….the moment we’ve all been waiting for!
A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on May 23, 2017, marking the start of construction of El Cajon's new Animal Shelter. Work activities began on-site the week of May 29th.
|May 23, 2017||May 23, 2017|
|May 23, 2017||May 30, 2017|