In 2007, a fire ripped through the Jacksonville Humane Society's facilities. Firefighters battled the flames to save more than 80 animals, but tragically nearly the same number of pets died. The surrounding community came together to raise funds for a new Community Animal Hospital, which broke ground in 2011. The 6,500-sq-ft, full-service veterinary clinic is built of concrete masonry units and stucco, and incorporates sustainable elements such as natural lighting and renewable materials. The clinic and adoption center is the initial phase of a large-scale campus project that will enlarge and replace existing facilities. The project was completed on schedule despite unforeseen complications with the site's existing sanitary force main.

Photo by Sue Root Barker
The Jacksonville Humane Society Community Animal Hospital project won an "Award of Merit" in the small projects category.


Key Players

Owner: Jacksonville Humane Society, Jacksonville, Fla.

Contractor: Elkins Constructors, Jacksonville, Fla.

Designer: Bacon Group, Clearwater, Fla.

Civil Engineer: Prosser Hallock, Jacksonville, Fla.

Structural Engineer: Atlantic Engineering Services, Jacksonville, Fla.

MEP Engineer: Anston-Greenlees, Tampa

Submitted by Elkins Constructors