Denver’s Golden Triangle Construction (GTC) celebrated in September its 35th year in the construction industry at the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter, a building constructed by GTC in 2011 and designed by Animal Arts in Boulder.

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At 36,040 sq ft, the new Denver Municipal Animal Shelter, built by GTC, more than doubles the size of the original shelter.

In attendance were many of the clients and architects that GTC has worked with over the years. Pet adoptions throughout the evening were sponsored by GTC, and one lucky pup even found a new home with one of GTC’s employees.

The new animal shelter was funded by the Better Denver Bond Program and designed by Animal Arts, a leader in architectural design of animal shelters and veterinary hospitals. At 36,040 sq ft, it more than doubles the size of the original shelter. So much new space means more than 300 animals can be cared for at any given time.

The site, located along the South Platte River, includes outdoor exercise space and houses a barn that allows the shelter to accommodate other domestic animals like horses, cows and goats, as well as urban wildlife. It also includes an onsite surgery center to provide for the medical needs of animals.

Earlier this year, the shelter was awarded LEED-Platinum certification. The state-of-the-art animal shelter for the City and County of Denver went through numerous stringent measures to meet criteria for the LEED program, and it is currently the only animal facility in the United States to have earned Platinum certification.

Since its beginning with small civil construction projects in 1977, GTC has been increasing its market present in the Front Range area. Today GTC provides construction services in many major market segments, including education, retail, financial, medical, recreation, office and municipal, performing both hard-bid and negotiated projects.

Through its membership in the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED accreditation of many of its staff, GTC is equipped to provide the experience and resources necessary to cost effectively integrate sustainable and high-performance systems into its projects.