By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on January 16, 2020
Roll-up doors that provide fresh air for the animals, plenty of open space and a combination of outdoor terrain such as astro turf and pea gravel for little paws are some of the highlights of the new Dare County Animal Shelter. Construction of the facility is slated to begin this March and to be completed by the end of the year.
Representatives from the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, the Baltimore-based group that is overseeing the facility’s construction, held a pre-bid meeting in the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo on Jan. 15 for the interested subcontractors. The meeting drew roughly 15 attendees who were briefed on the bid requirements for the 8,727-square-foot building with an estimated price tag of $4.5 million. Deadline for bids is Feb. 11.
The facility, which will replace the badly outdated and flood-prone shelter on Driftwood Drive in Manteo, will be located on Airport Road, across from the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island and next to Dare County’s Emergency Operations Center. The brick and block building will include internal metal framing and some acoustical ceiling work, as well as what representatives said was a pretty big mechanical package due to the need for recycled air in the kennel area.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” Senior Project Manager Chad Brochard told subcontractors during the meeting. “I know Dare County is excited about it. It’s going to be a nice facility for the puppies and kittens…and the dogs and cats.”
The new shelter will be erected on property that currently houses the Roanoke Island Dog Park. Whiting-Turner’s Stephen Bocchicchio told the group during the meeting that the popular dog park will be temporarily closed – for one to two months – and moved to the west of the shelter.
“The people of Dare County love their dog park,” he noted. The project will be completed in two phases, with the first one including “a main push of giving them back their new dog park… we think it’s feasible to do that in the first month or two of breaking ground.”
Whiting-Turner was also the contracting company that oversaw the Dare County Emergency Operation Center adjacent to the shelter’s new location. The construction schedule is tentatively slated to be a four-day a week, 10-hours a day schedule. The architect for the project, Waller, Todd & Sadler, also designed the Currituck animal shelter.