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Greyhound Kennel Construction Phase1

New Greyhound kennel construction

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In late October of 2007, National Greyhound Adoption Program began construction on a new kennel and surgical facility. This facility is being built inside an existing warehouse space attached to our current office on our large, Far Northeast campus.

Image: Cutting warehouse floor.

Many months went into the design and planning of the approximate 20,000 square foot area within our 96,000 square foot building. Once the design was perfected and approved, the building began!

Greyhound Kennel Construction Phase2

The first monumental task for the new facility was installing drainage in the floor. Channels were mapped out throughout the future kennel and surgery site. Those channels were then cut into the existing concrete floor and trenches were dug out. A small excavator had to be purchased for just this purpose. Everything had to be pitched to the main drain in the building, and for many months this area looked like an octopus, with tentacles going out in all directions. We had to take great care whenever we were out walking in the warehouse that we didn’t fall in a ditch!

Top Left Image: Preparing Floor for digging.
Bottom Right Image: Drain Pipes Installed

Greyhound Kennel Construction Phase3

Once the channels were dug, pipe had to be installed for drainage. Additional drain connection piping was installed for all of the sink units and hundreds of feet of trench drain, to be located under the kennel runs, were also installed. What a task!

Sixty yards of concrete - all wheel-barrowed in! - were needed to fill in the trenches once the piping was in place. After the concrete was smoothed and dry, we were finally ready to build walls for the kennel area! The space was separated into five separate kennel areas with feeding stations, interior turnout areas, bathing and laundry rooms, the post-op area, x-ray room, and pack room. Most of the walls were built 12 feet high, although some were built even higher, most with 12” block.

Greyhound Kennel Construction Phase4

Top: Kennel Drains Installed.

The enormous task of painting these block walls came next. Each block wall was sealed with two coats of block filler, followed by a smoothing coat on top of that, followed by an epoxy coat. We are just now waiting to test the endurance of the epoxy before we complete the painting process.

Greyhound Kennel Construction Phase5

Left: Kennel Block Walls. Right: Pouring cement around trench drains in kennel area.

Eight new pieces of stainless steel surgical equipment have already arrived, all prep tables, surgical tables and examination tables. We will be placing steel beams in the ceiling shortly to support surgical lighting and then the remaining rooms will be configured in the surgical area.

We will be seeking permits for HVAC and for the electrical work needed for the kennel and surgical unit. The new automatic doors are already in place and will be electrically connected shortly. The entire front of the kennel and surgical entrance is being redone with a new façade and a 20-foot concrete pad outside of the kennel will be poured in the very near future. Once that is complete we will be installing an outdoor fence.

We here at National Greyhound Adoption Program are very excited about the progress being made on our new facility. Everyone is invited to visit and see!

Greyhound Kennel Facade

Preparing building for new facade.

Greyhound Kennel COnstruction

Left: Kennel HVAC duct work - ready to install. Right: Interior turnout without fencing.

Greyhound Kennel Facade, entrance construction

Left: Construction of new facade at kennel entrance. Right: One of four exterior automatic turnout doors.

Clinic Surgical facility, kennel area

Left: One of five kennel areas with finished walls in light blue epoxy. Right: Surgery floor with masonry walls built, additional walls coming.

Clinic Surgical facility, kennel area

Installation of beams for supporting surgical lights.

Kennel Construction: Kennel Flooring Stage 1

Preparing kennel floor for finishing.

Kennel Construction: Kennel Flooring Stage 2

Sanding floor to smooth finish under cages.

Kennel Construction: Kennel Flooring Stage 3

Finished floor - GREYT!.

Kennel Construction: Kennel Cages Installation

Assembling our huge dog cages.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Cages

View showing entry into kennel - doors not yet installed.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Cages 2

Cage with raised platform & puffy dog bed.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Cages 3

One finished kennel room.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Cages

Queen and Iceman modeling new kennel cage - they jumped in and immediately got comfortable!.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Kitchen

Top: January, 20 2009 Part of the dog meal preparation area ready for food and treats.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Kitchen

Top: January, 20 2009 Kennel staff lunchroom. Counter and cabinets.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Kitchen

Top: January, 20 2009 Meal preparation area for the boarding kennel.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel Kitchen

Top: January, 20 2009 Boarding dental room for touch-up and nail clipping.

Kennel Construction: New Kennel

Top: January, 20 2009 Home of NGAP's kennel and clinic.

Kennel Construction: Dog Exercising Area

Top: January, 22 2009 Indoor fenced area for turnout. Greyt for our post-op and senior dogs.

Kennel Construction: Surgical Area

Top: February, 6 2009 Kennel surgical area construction.

Kennel senior dogs Area

Top: February, 6 2009 Kennel senior dogs area.

Kennel gates

Top: February, 11 2009 Hall gates between kennel and outdoor turnout doors.

Outdoor greyhound area construction

Top: February, 11 2009 Outdoor drains for dog runs.

Outdoor greyhound area construction

Top: February, 11 2009 Pouring outdoor concrete area by dog runs.

Outdoor greyhound area construction

Top: February, 17 2009 Expanding sidewalk to kennel entry way.

Outdoor greyhound area construction

Top: February, 18 2009 New sidewalk and concrete turnout area.

Outdoor greyhound area construction

Top: March 9, 2009 Installing awnings to entry and dog runs.

Kennel Reception area construction

Top: March 20, 2009 Kennel Reception area construction.

Boarding Reception area construction

Top: March 20, 2009 Boarding Reception area construction.

Boarding Reception Area Countertop

Top: March 23, 2009 Boarding Reception Area Countertop.

Outdoor dog turnout area fencing

Top: March 24, 2009 Fence posts for dog run.

Outdoor turnout area

Top: March 24, 2009 Fence posts for dog run.

Outdoor turnout area

Top: March 26, 2009 Fencing contractor and canopy contractor are discussing the awning.

Laundry room

Top: March 26, 2009 Laundry room.

Finishing Details

Top: March 26, 2009 Finishing Details.

Cutting Trees

Top: April, 2 2009 Trimming dead branches in turnout areas.

Fencing

Top: April, 2 2009 Fenced area in turnout and long awning framework.

Fencing

Top: April, 7 2009 David Wolf lending a hand.

Fencing

Top: April, 7 2009 Digging holes for fence posts.

Awning

Top: April, 7 2009 Awning construction.

Awning

Top: April, 8 2009 Awning construction.

Sand

Top: April, 8 2009 Hauling in sand in the greyhound turnout area.

Awning

Top: April, 9 2009 Awning is almost done.

Sand

Top: April, 9 2009 Spreading sand in the greyhound turnout area.

Sand

Top: April, 10 2009 Spreading sand in the greyhound turnout area.

Sand

Top: April, 10 2009 The whole team working in the greyhound turnout area.

Sand

Top: April, 10 2009 Queen was the first greyhound to step on the sand. She had a greyt time.

NGAP Store

Top: April, 10 2009 Temporary NGAP Store.

Sprinkling System

Top: April, 13 2009 Extending the water line to the end of the fence.

Kennel Facade

Top: April, 17 2009 Preparing for asphalt paving.

Black top

Top: April, 24 2009 Spreading asphalt at the end of the dog run area.

Black top

Top: April, 24 2009 Spreading asphalt at the end of the dog run area.

Black top

Top: April, 24 2009 Rolling the asphalt in the dog run area.

Black top

Top: April, 24 2009 Finishing asphalt at the end of the dog run.

Kennel Gates

Top:April, 29 2009 Kennel Gates from main rooms to outdoor area.

Kennel Gates

Top:April, 29 2009 Outdoor greyhound turnout area has been finished!!!

Reception Room

Top: April, 30 2009 Reception Room - ready for the Greyhound Sunday's Romp & Spa Day on May 3, 2009 noon to 4pm.

Outdoor Turnout Area

Top: May, 15 2009 Outdoor Turnout Area - fun, fun, fun...

Kennel Facade

Top: May, 15 2009 Kennel Facade.

Bathing Statione

Top: May, 15 2009 Greyt Bathing Station.

Kennel Laundry Room

Top: May, 15 2009 Kennel Laundry Room.

Feeding Stations

Top: May, 15 2009 Food Preparation Stations.

Catroom Furniture

Top: May, 15 2009 Delivery of Catroom Furniture

Stone work

Top: May, 15 2009 Omar making granite shelves for the kennel bathroom.

Kennel Zapper

Top: May, 15 2009 Bug Zapper Installed

Crematory Waiting Room

Top: May, 22 2009 Crematory Waiting Room.

NGAP is getting greener..

Top: May, 22 2009 NGAP is getting greener...

Blooming Tree

Top: May, 22 2009 Our tulip trees in bloom.

Catroom

Top: May, 22 2009 Catroom is almost finished.

Welding

Top: June, 04 2009 Welding.

Reception room pictures

Top: June, 11 2009 New Greyhound Photos in our Reception Room.

Reception room pictures

Top: June, 11 2009 New Greyhound Photos in our Reception Room.

Reception room pictures

Top: June, 11 2009 New Greyhound Photos in our Reception Room.

Natural light in a cat room.

Top: June, 17 2009 New natural lighting in the cat room.

New Surgical lights.

Top: June, 17 2009 New surgical lights.

New surgical lights.

Top: June, 17 2009 New surgical lights.

Light Bulb Replacement.

Top: June, 24 2009 Retrofitting light fixtures to energy saving.

Kennel Hose Stations.

Top: July, 02 2009 Kennel hose stations at the indoor turnout area.

Kennel Hose Station.

Top: July, 02 2009 One of the kennel hose stations.

Finished Catroom

Top: July, 02 2009 The catroom is ready to accept its new dwellers.

Finished Catroom

Top: July, 02 2009 Natural light has been set up in a catroom.

Kennel Laundry room

Top: July, 02 2009 New cabinets in a laundry room.

Examination table test

Top: July, 31 2009 Alex Wolf and Noah Wolf are testing our new examination table.

Senior Room

Top: August, 13 2009 Senior Room. All furnished.

Senior Room

Top: August, 13 2009 Senior Room. All furnished.

Senior Room

Top: August, 13 2009 Senior Room. All furnished.

Kennel Food preparation area

Top: August, 13 2009 Food preparation area is ready to provide for the kennel dogs.

Kennel Food preparation area

Top: August, 13 2009 Food preparation area is ready to provide for the kennel dogs.

Reception Room

Top: August, 13 2009 Reception room.

Kennel

Top: August, 13 2009 All set up for dog walkers.

Kennel

Top: August, 13 2009 Telly Ho is testing new boarding accomodations.

Kennel

Top: September, 19 2009 Cutting cages.

Kennel

Top: October, 5 2009 Post-op.

Kennel

Top: October, 5 2009 Isolation Room.

Kennel

Top: October, 5 2009 Pack room.

Kennel

Top: October, 29 2009 X-ray room #1.

Kennel

Top: October, 29 2009 X-ray room #2.

Kennel

Top: October, 29 2009 X-ray room #2.

Kennel

Top: October, 28 2009 Keeping an eye on things near and far.

Kennel

Top: October, 28 2009 Audio system has been installed all over the kennel to please the dogs with the sound of music.

Kennel

Top: October, 28 2009 First post-op patients.

Kennel cats

Top: October, 28 2009 Maggie.

Kennel cats

Top: October, 28 2009 Chester.

Kennel cats

Top: October, 28 2009 Blue.

Kennel cats

Top: October, 28 2009 Ernest.

Kennel

Top: October, 29 2009 Dogs love their new runs!

Kennel

Top: April, 29 2010 Surgical facility construction goes on!

Kennel

Top: April, 29 2010 Surgical facility construction goes on!

Kennel Updates - Details

Although our kennel construction is now over and all the dogs have moved to a great new facility, we are still constantly adding some details to the kennel to ensure even more comfort for both its dwellers and its visitors. Below you can see the pictures of the work done.

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: June, 4 2010 Adding more signage to help people get around our big kennel facility.

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: June, 4 2010 We maintain our kennel to keep it sparkling clean and fresh any time.

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: June, 4 2010 Bug zappers have been installed in every kennel room to provide an insect-free environment for the dogs and our kennel staff.

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: June, 4 2010 Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are on in every kennel stabilizing the microclimate no matter what the outdoor weather is like.

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: June, 4 2010 Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are on in every kennel stabilizing the microclimate no matter what the outdoor weather is like.

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: June, 4 2010 All over the kennel you can also see thermometers, which help us to make sure the temperature is just right.

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: January, 27, 2011 Greyhounds love snow!

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: January, 27, 2011 Greyhounds love snow!

Greyhound Adoption Kennel

Top: January, 27, 2011 The NGAP kennel is all covered in snow! Isn't that beautiful!

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