Care First Animal Hospital and its project team approach us because they wanted to build a new flagship facility to replace their headquarters location in Raleigh, North Carolina, but in a way that would limit the building’s impact on future generations. Passive House fit the bill.
The new, three-story, 18,000 SF veterinary hospital will feature the hallmark benefits of commercial Passive House building, namely super-efficiency, low-maintenance and durability, great thermal comfort, and excellent indoor air quality. That last benefit is pretty key, and will set the facility apart from pretty much all other vet clinics around! Getting rid of those doggy and kitty odors will be good for humans and pets alike – good for everyone’s physical and mental health.
To accomplish this, the design will maintain segregation between the different sections of the facility – kennel, operation areas, grooming rooms, waiting area, etc. This complex variety of uses will present a fairly complicated challenge in order to keep everything within Passive House levels of efficiency.
We just had a great kick-off meeting with the project team, including owners First Care Animal Hospital, architects Winstead Wilkinson Architects, and builders Prime Building Company. This team has worked together on several other First Care facilities, so we already had lots of momentum going into this initial session. No fighting inertia here! It was really exciting for me to see how well they work as a team and how they really “got” what Passive House can do for their project.
So the integrated design process has begun. We plan to break ground in 6 months, with project completion slated for 16-18 months from now. It should be a great ride.