When the City of Edmond collaborated with Selser Schaefer Architects on the design of their new animal welfare facility, the team envisioned a facility that would not only increase animal adoption but also be valued as an important part of the community.
During the design process we immersed our team in the daily operations of the existing facility. We worked closely with the staff to understand their specific needs and challenges. We gathered insights from visitors looking for a pet. And of course the safety and comfort of the animals was always top of mind. The resulting design incorporates all of these concerns into one thoughtful solution.
The lobby and pet interaction spaces are defined using glass, wood planking and translucent ceilings. This maximizes natural views and daylighting while providing shading and a sense of privacy as pets “interview” their future owners. The kennel areas are organized to allow for safe and efficient movement of the animals. Easy-to-maintain and sound-controlling materials further create a pleasant, positive environment for helping animals find a loving home.