At the March 9th meeting, the Blueprint IA Board authorized Blueprint staff to advertise and award a contract for construction services for the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center Project. This project will renovate the dog kennel and shelter medicine areas, as well as construct a quarantine dog yard with an estimated budget of $3.5 million.
In March 2021, Animal Arts, Inc. completed a needs assessment report for the Animal Service Center. The assessment indicated that upgrades needed to be made within the near term. The report was presented to the IA Board and Blueprint was directed to advance the project within the five-year work program and to present a budget amendment in a December meeting to fund the Project.
This Project will focus on three main issues identified in the need assessment report:
Dog Kennel Renovations
Renovations to the kennels will improve the quality of life to the animals housed in the Animal Service Center and the staff working at the shelter. A new drain system and noise reduction panels will be installed along with other improvements.
Shelter Medicine Suite
Renovations made to the medicine suite will allow the area to be more usable and functional by expanding the clinic area into an adjacent available space and renovating that space to be a contiguous medicine suite.
Quarantine Dog Yards
This improvement to the Animal Service Center includes the creation of two small fenced-in yards outside of the quarantine kennels to provide an exercise space for dogs separated from other dogs. A fabric shade structure and pet-friendly grass will be installed into the space as well as other improvements.
Blueprint staff will issue an invitation for bids and award to the lowest-price responsive bidder.