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 Associates are providing project architectural services and CW Driver is the general contractor providing construction management services.

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


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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 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 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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