Animal Rescue League

Des Moines, IA / Health & Wellness

Services provided:

  • Programming analysis
  • Design build services

Project highlights

  • The mission of the Animal Rescue League had vastly outstripped their existing facility which created the need to either expand or build a new facility.
  • After initial programming efforts it was quickly determined that the most cost effective solution was to build a new facility.
  • Simonson & Associates Architects partnered with The Weitz Company to develop a Design/Build solution that guaranteed close coordination with the owner, along with precise control of the cost and schedule.
  • The project houses a wide variety of functions under one roof.
  • The new Animal Rescue League of Iowa facility is nearly 42,000 square feet consisting of administrative offices, small and large conference rooms, a retail component, as well as animal housing, adoption display rooms, animal health and surgery areas, large dog training spaces and puppy camp.
  • The design intent was to construct a facility that was well lit, energetic, allowed for ample space for potential adoptors and animals to engage, to provide space for training and education as well as an auditorium for in-house and public use.
  • The Large Animal and Fowl Holding Facility was constructed to meet the growing needs of receiving farm and exotic animals and fowl.
  • The facility, designed by Simonson & Associates Architects, consists of 12,000 square feet of building area, and is divided into holding pens for large animals, training, and holding pens for fowl.
  • Construction details allow for security, durability against damage to the facility, ease of short and long term maintenance, and efficiencies for staff. An exercise yard abuts the facility.