When The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) needed a new home, Plano-Coudon and local companies heard the call. Displaced to make room for the land needed for TopGolf, the need for a new facility became a priority – and an urgent one.
Planning began on the single-story, concrete tilt-up, 37,000 SF facility needed for BARCS and City Animal Control, which included an animal surgery center, adoption/surrender area, locker/restroom areas, garage and a total of 116 site-built dog kennels. It also required green space, space for farm animals, small mammals and reptiles, and more effective quarantine spaces. The new facility also allows the fundraising team and Community Cats program to be under one roof.
Plano-Coudon served as the general contractor and Manns Woodward Studios was the architect. Plano-Coudon’s three-person construction team started in May 2019 and worked 6 days a week to complete the center on time – by April 13, 2020! With the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic came new dynamics. The Plano-Coudon team took immediate steps to protect its workers and to keep the jobsite clean and sanitized. The team was able to work through these precautions and completed the project in just 11 months!
On May 5, 2020, BARCS employees and volunteers held the “Welcome Home” Moving Day to the new facility at 2490 Giles Road in Baltimore. We are humbled by the hard work of the individuals who care for displaced and injured pets in our community.
See the “Welcome Home” video here https://youtu.be/p6HOSowIIFs