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Animal Shelter Construction Update

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animal shelter rendering



After years of careful planning and design, in late May 2017, the City of El Cajon began construction of the new El Cajon Animal Shelter. 

The El Cajon Animal Shelter, a 14,703-square-foot one-story building with a 2,600-square- foot exterior, will include administrative offices, housing for animals, veterinary services for sick and injured sheltered animals, grooming, play/interaction areas, pet adoption services, an exercise area, and more. The new shelter doubles the size of the current 50-year-old shelter, located nearby at 1275 N. Marshall Avenue.

The modern facility will cost approximately $9.3 million and is funded by Proposition O special revenues, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November of 2004 specifically for improvements to public safety facilities and a new animal shelter.  The special tax ended in 2015.

Ferguson Pape Baldwin Achitects are providing project architectural services and CW Driver is the general contractor providing construction management services.

Click here to see the architect's slide show of renderings.

The shelter is expected to open by the summer of 2018!


dog pawProgress of Construction dog paw


APRIL 2018

We are in the final homestretch with May being our last month of construction! Fire inspections and tests have been signed off and finalized, card reader access system are installed, washer and dryer hookups are finished, and the stone and glass countertops have been completed. We started planting trees and shrubs, placing chain-link fencing around the play yards, securing solar panels on the rooftop, pouring asphalt for the parking lot, and placing indoor commercial sheet flooring.

Save the Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 12-3 for the official Grand Opening event!

 flooring 4-2  solar panels 4-3
     April 3, 2018      April 3,, 2018
 landscaping 4 10  paving 4-18
     April 10, 2018       April 18, 2018


MARCH 2018

Construction progress continues to thrive during the month of March! Final grading of the parking lot is complete, SDG&E gas and electric meters have been installed, indoor tile has been placed, light fixtures are wired, and the kennels, cages and condos have been installed. Save the date: June 2, 2018 for the official Grand Opening event!

 march 8  march 20
     March 8, 2018      March 20, 2018
 march 21  march 21 (2)
     March 21, 2018       March 21, 2018



Construction continues to meet project milestones during the month of February!  The flooring, locker rooms, fire extinguisher cabinets, pressure irrigation mains, and gas service lines have been installed and the parking lot curbs and gutters were constructed.  Conduit wiring, plumbing and panel installations are being fitted.  We are on schedule for project completion in May 2018!

 feb1 hallway  feb 12 room
     February 1, 2018      February 12, 2018
 feb 12 lobby  feb 21 exterior
     February 12, 2018       February 21, 2018



We’re off to a great start this new year!  Fiber optic splicing is complete, protective high-performance coatings in the kennel areas have been applied, front entrance metal rust feature has been sealed, and the exterior storefront metal animal wall art has been mounted.  With just under four months left…be sure to check back in with new and exciting construction updates as the project nears completion.  

 jan 4 exterior  january interior
     January  4, 2018      January  8, 2018
 jan interior  Jan 15 front building
     January 8, 2018       January 15, 2018



The crew has been working diligently this Holiday season to keep on schedule for completion.  The roofing and exterior weather proofing is complete, architectural high-roof cedar planks have been installed and sealed, exterior doors and hardware have been installed, and storefront door installation is finalized.  The crew is currently working on fabricating wall backing for the animal artwork, installing light fixtures, aluminum composite panels and Corten Steel panels, and finalizing radiant heating and HVAC. We are on schedule!

 dec 6 animal shelter construction  dec 12 animal shelter construction
     December 9, 2017      December 12, 2017
 dec 13  dec 19 animal shelter construction
     December 13, 2017       December 19, 2017



We are excited to announce project construction is now 40% complete!  Overhead ductwork and plumbing as well as in-wall plumbing and electrical installation is on-going. West storefront entrance construction has commenced.  Crew started installing dry wall.   Kennel manufacturing and installation, shelter flooring and tile, X-ray room, PA System, and the Shelter’s donor feature are all being worked on behind the scenes.  Door frames have been installed, interior metal framing has been completed, and wall insulation is almost finished.

 animal nov 9  animal nov 13
    November 9, 2017       November 13, 2017
 nov 15  animal nov 15a
    November 15, 2017       November 15, 2017



The construction of the new shelter has been AMAZING!  Roof framing, interior metal stud framing, and in-wall plumbing has commenced.  Gutter systems, wall sheathing, weather barriers, and roofing panels have been installed.  Closures for metal roofing is underway and interior electrical continues to be installed as the project progresses.

 Oct 3, 2017  oct 17, 2017
    October 3, 2017       October 17, 2017
 oct 24, 2017  oct 24, 2017 (2)
    October 24, 2017       October 24, 2017



Rapid development continues on the construction site during the month of September!  Concrete floor slabs have been poured at grade level.  Concrete masonry is complete and the majority of steel and carpentry framing are nearly finished. Overhead plumbing, electrical and fire protection piping has begun with the roof to be stocked and installed next month.  

    September 1, 2017       September 14, 2017
 animal shelter sept 22  animal shelter sept 28
    September 22, 2017     September 28, 2017



The progression of construction does not cease to amaze us! Despite the recent heat wave, crews have been working hard and finished building the masonry walls and started work on the sub-foundation  infrastructure.  The utility route planning is almost near completion.  Foundation is scheduled to pour next month.

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     August 2, 2017      August 9, 2017
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     August 10, 2017      August 18, 2017


JULY 2017

After less than a month of grading, the foundation has been formed and the walls began to be built for the new Animal Shelter.  Despite the hot weather, construction has progressed rapidly and the visible activity has been exciting to watch.  What cannot be seen in the photo is the installation of sewer lines and storm drains and the pouring of the building’s foundation, all of which has been momentously accomplished in July.

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      July 3, 2017       July 12, 2017
 73  74
     July 14, 2017       July 17, 2017


JUNE 2017

Contractors hit the ground running! The site was graded for the building pad, footings were installed and utility installation began.

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     June 6, 2017      June 15, 2017
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     June 20, 2017      June 28, 2017


MAY 2017

It’s been more than12 years in the making….the moment we’ve all been waiting for!

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on May 23, 2017, marking the start of construction of El Cajon's new Animal Shelter. Work activities began on-site the week of May 29th.

     May 23, 2017       May 23, 2017
     May 23, 2017       May 30, 2017

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