Michigan Animal Rescue League/PLY+

Michigan Animal Rescue League/PLY+

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Text description provided by the architects. The design of the Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) building embodies the primary goal of achieving a “different breed of shelter” to improve the welfare of the animals in their care. MARL kicked off the project with a detailed program analysis that identified a need for the organization to grow beyond its makeshift 5,000 square foot facility into a world-class 15,000 square foot facility.

Michigan Animal Rescue League / PLY+ - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
© Jason Keen + Co

The project accommodates the desired growth on an irregular and topographically challenging site by consolidating all animal care spaces on a shared level and placing administrative functions under the south entrance. The north, medical wing is aligned with the existing foundations of the old shelter. This alignment saved costly site work due to difficult ground conditions and maintained a street presence on Featherstone, the entry point that had served MARL since its inception in 1953.

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Axonometric

Our design process has translated peer-reviewed animal care best practices into key architectural elements and spatial organizations to address the organizational and environmental challenges that strongly influence the health and well-being of the cats and dogs that house them. . We worked closely with key MARL staff to identify four design goals: (1) to integrate natural light for all animals in MARL’s care, (2) to provide freedom of choice in all housing for animals, (3) design mechanical systems from a wellness center perspective that prioritizes air exchange rates and thermal comfort, (4) fosters a visual connection to the importance well-being using color.

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In Adoptable Dog Spaces, these goals have been achieved through the provision of a yard space that provides generous natural light and visual interest while preventing “nose-to-nose” dog interactions that can elevate dogs. stress levels. The kennels have been organized into four quarters with doors separating each to provide acoustic control between quarters and reduce noise levels – another well-documented source of high stress levels for dogs and staff members.

Michigan Animal Rescue League / PLY+ - Indoor Photography
© Jason Keen + Co
Michigan Animal Rescue League / PLY+ - Indoor Photography
© Jason Keen + Co
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Diagram

Individual kennels are custom designed to include full glass for acoustic reasons and colored perforated panels which provide the necessary airflow and the animals a choice for interaction with potential adopters. Health and well-being are further supported by a high rate of fresh air exchange and radiant floor heating which provides energy efficiency and excellent thermal comfort.

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In adoptable cat spaces, custom “condos” have been designed to allow cats freedom of movement and a choice of multiple perching positions. Details make cleaning easier and minimize disruption to cats. The organization of the condos in the bedrooms allows all cats to have a view of the window and when allowed to roam freely in the space, cats can navigate a series of wooden ledges that allow for a continuous movement in the room or sunny nap spaces in the south windows. .

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In combination, this highly integrated design approach results in a new and exciting future at a facility that “provides the highest quality of life for dogs and cats through rescue, medical care, socialization, behavioral support, short and long term sanctuary, adoption, and community education and outreach.

Michigan Animal Rescue League / PLY+ - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Jason Keen + Co