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Animal Haven Adoption Center

200 Centre Street
New York City, NY 10013
United States

LEED Silver 2017

Animal Haven is a non-profit organization started in 1967 that is dedicated to finding homes for abandoned animals throughout the Tri-State area, and providing medical assistance and behavioral interventions to help improve the chances of pet adoption.

Our new Adoption Center provides a state-of-art home for Animal Haven's lifesaving mission and helps the organization extend their positive impact. The $4 million, 2017 renovation transformed the ground and lower floor levels of an aging industrial building in Soho near Chinatown and Little Italy. In addition to providing all new interior spaces, a new exterior building envelope, and new building systems, the renovation added approximately 1500 square feet of additional elevated mechanical and mezzanine office space to increase the total useable area available to the organization.

Working within the existing, irregular footprint of a 100+ year old building in lower Manhattan provided some challenges that required creative solutions. The architects worked with acoustical consultants to isolate the adoption center acoustically from the upper office floors. A mezzanine level inserted on the ground floor offered much needed additional space for staff offices and storage. Boarded up storefront windows were replaced with high-performance glazing, insulated wall assemblies, and light wells that created perches for cats on the ground floor while allowing daylight down to the lower level of the building.

In animal care facilities, natural light and indoor air quality are paramount to the health and well-being of the animals. The mechanical systems supply 100% fresh, filtered and conditioned outdoor air to all animal spaces. Each animal room has an individual exhaust vent, typically located close to the floor drain, to exhaust odors and minimize opportunities for disease spread. Strategically placed and sized windows provide natural daylight to the upper and lower floors. Zero-VOC, durable and cleanable finishes improve indoor air quality, while making the building easier to maintain.

Despite the emphasis on fresh air and hygiene, the facility uses much less energy and water than conventional animal care centers. Energy recovery on the exhaust air stream reduces the heat and cooling requirements for the incoming air. A high-efficiency, condensing natural gas boiler helps meet the space-heating needs as well as supplying domestic hot water to the building via a heat-exchanger and hot water storage tank. Design measures, like individual room drains and flush sinks, reduce water usage in the shelter while making the spaces cleaner and healthier for animals and staff.

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Project details
6,778 sf
16 May 2017
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