The vote took place on Tuesday, January 17, and it will allow Sundt to move forward with construction of the building, which was approved by voters through Proposition 415 in November of 2014.
Sundt was previously awarded $245, 843 in August 2015 for preconstruction activities. The recent award is supposed to cover the construction of the building and all other aspects of the new facility.
Phase 1 of the construction will begin in February, with an estimated completion date of December 2017. It is then that the Pima Animal Care Center operation will transition to the new building while Sundt completes the construction activities of Phase 2.
When the entire project is completed, the shelter will encompass nearly 60,000 square feet, allowing for a large-scale operation for the housing, care and adoption of pets in Pima County.
Since the initial approval in 2014, Pima County has organized dozen of meetings with the center’s community partners, staff, volunteers and the public to ensure the new building meets the shelter’s needs while updating and modernizing the operation.
Pima County has sold $22 million in bonds to secure the necessary funds for this project, and the architect, contractor and artist were selected through a competitive bidding process. Pima County acquired additional land from Tucson Electric Power and the City of Tucson, gathered all necessary building permits, completed an extensive archaeological investigation, and developed the groundwork needed to begin construction.
For more information on this various stages of this project, visit the PACC bond construction progress webpage.