The Baltimore City Animal Services Building houses the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), a local, non-profit community organization operating Maryland’s largest animal shelter and pet adoption center. BARC’s new facility, located at the top of historic Cherry Hill in Baltimore, is almost twice as large as their previous facility and will be used to comfortably house the animals the organization receives and support expansion of their programs and services.
The 40,160 square foot state-of-the-art facility benefits in many ways from tilt up construction, including the use of non-composite sandwich panels which support the BAS System to monitor gas, electric and water and adjust heating and cooling systems based on the load of the building. The architectural features of the building include a light sand blast finish, PPG vertical concrete stain, fluted formliners and custom paw print formliners. The project required exterior casting beds on three sides due to sloped floors for the kennels and exterior bracing to brace badgers to allow interior construction to overlap with panel casting and erection. The building entry feature includes two spandrel panels that tie into steel framing. The building is an IgCC (LEED) project.
Plano-Coudon served as the general contractor, Mincin Patel Milano, Inc. is the consulting structural engineers, Manns Woodward Studios is the architect on the project, and Meadow Burke provided insulation layout and lifting and bracing engineering.