Humane Society Expansion

With a pressing need to expand its offerings to better serve the Miami Valley, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton developed a phased plan for strategic growth. The first phase called for a $6 million expansion of the nonprofit’s shelter on Dayton’s south side.

The organization tapped Miller Valentine to serve as its construction partner for the expansion project based on our experience with similar facilities and our ability to provide greater certainty by walking the client through every step of the process. In addition, the leadership team wanted to work with a partner that embraced the design-build process.

Miller Valentine worked alongside all project team members to ensure the client’s vision was carried through to the final product. Fear-Free® concepts were designed into the physical environment to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress for the clinic’s patients and the shelter’s residents. In addition, as a busy clinic, the Humane Society could not afford to shut down during construction. Miller Valentine worked closely with the client before and during construction to minimize disruption to operations.

The project ultimately enabled the Humane Society to triple its existing footprint by adding:

  • A full-service, needs-based animal hospital
  • A spay and neuter clinic that will enable the Humane Society to scale up its spay/neuter program by 400 percent over 10 years
  • An animal rehabilitation center with the capacity to house, protect, and rehabilitate all types of animals

In addition to providing expansive, state-of-the-art facilities, the construction process supplied the shelter with a pipeline of families for animals that needed homes. Several members of the construction team adopted pets, underscoring their investment in our clients and community.

Building Features

  • Brick/stone façade with a metal roof
  • Surgery center with three ORs and prep rooms
  • Four exam rooms
  • Lab and X-ray facilities
  • Hold, isolation, and ICU rooms
  • Medical gas
  • Central vacuum system
  • 5 Large-animal and livestock stalls with custom dividers and exterior runs
  • Dog runs
  • Two sally ports
  • Laundry facility
  • Food preparation room

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