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The Animal Foundation Dog Adoption Park

This photo shows the south porch of the dog adoption bungalow.
Photo credit: Tom Bonner


  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Building type(s): Animal care
  • New construction
  • 18,700 ft2 (1,740 m2)
  • Project scope: a single building
  • Urban setting
  • Completed August 2005

The Regional Animal Campus for the Las Vegas Valley is intended to serve the animal sheltering and adoption needs for Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and surrounding Clark County. Driven by a need to expand its operations, the Animal Foundation is developing plans to create a regional animal campus. The dog adoption park is the project's first phase.

The dog adoption park consists of "dog bungalows," each containing 12 kennels, outdoor runs, and a visitation room. The bungalows are arranged in a park-like setting shaded by freestanding canopies supporting photovoltaic panels.

This project was chosen as an AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project for 2006. It was submitted by Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects, in Henderson, Nevada. Additional project team members are listed on the "Process" screen.

Environmental Aspects

The goals for the dog adoption park were to create a dignified way of presenting animals to the adopting public and to use green strategies, with the intention of achieving a LEED(r) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

A healthy, pleasant, and comfortable environment is important to visitor attitudes about adoption and to the mood and health of the animals. The costs of maintaining such an environment, however, are high. The design team focused on minimizing facility costs without reducing the quality of the adoption experience. Given southern Nevada's climate, the team decided to focus on reducing the cooling load and reducing water use.

The demands of proper canine husbandry led to unexpected synergies between the health needs of the dogs and reductions in energy and water use. Canines thrive in natural daylight and fresh air; consequently, the bungalow's form and orientation are governed by daylighting and wind-powered ventilation. The latter significantly reduces building cooling loads while providing 100% fresh air. The project is expected to use 81% less energy than baseline models. The greatest use of water in caring for canines is for waste removal; consequently, the team incorporated a plant that treats all wastewater for reuse on site.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned and occupied by The Animal Foundation, Corporation, nonprofit
  • Typically occupied by 18 people, 40 hours per person per week; and 2,500 visitors per week, 2 hours per visitor per week


Integrated team, Green framework, Simulation, Transportation benefits, Indigenous vegetation, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Wastewater treatment, Glazing, Passive solar, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, On-site renewable electricity, Durability, Recycled materials, Certified wood, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Indoor air quality monitoring

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Last updated: 4/20/2006

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