Provided structural design for the Staten Island Animal Care Center that provides a humane and controlled environment for animals awaiting adoption. It is a high performance facility that uses locally produced materials with high recycled content. Materials were chosen to withstand abuse and minimize long term maintenance costs, further reinforcing the life cycle sustainability of the building.
The building is sheathed in a highly insulating, translucent polycarbonate envelope which maximizes natural light. Light enters the building from all directions via a recessed clerestory court creating a pathway for natural ventilation. Since animal shelters do not recycle ventilation air, heat energy can be recovered from exhaust air.
* Images and description courtesy of Garrison Architects.