Richmond Animal League
Schematic Design, Space Planning, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration

About This Project

This project included a relocation and expansion of an existing bank into a spay and neuter clinic. Our client was originally working out of a trailer for years and badly needed to expand to a larger space to accommodate their growing clinic. Stepping into the new space, the waiting room already marked a huge difference: being a very small space before, now they could fit a much larger group of people plus two more receptionists.

The flow to the back portion of the clinic was divided into dog and cat entrances, keeping the two animals separated until they got to their respective prep areas or cages; dogs were placed towards the back of the clinic to keep noise levels down. The drive-thru portion of the bank
was enclosed to become a spacious surgery, sterilization, and dog post-op recovery area, accommodating up to six surgery tables from just two. This would allow them to expand their daily surgery count from 30 to 45, which could better serve the Richmond community.

Finally, with having larger clinic space, we were able to free up floor area that had been previously dedicated to post-surgery heated recovery pads and the large population of feral cats in their own cages, the latter of which were moved to a shelving unit.

On the exterior, the addition took a nod towards the original style of the brick building but with plenty of windows; the doctors wanted the surgery area to be flooded with light as they would be in that space for the majority of the day, but also still be connected to the rest of
the clinic. Clerestory windows were added to the dog post-op recovery space to brighten it up without distracting the dogs from recovering with views of the exterior.