Meyer & Allen Associates

Northeast Valley Animal Care Center

Location:Mission Hills, CA
Size:47,300 sq. ft.
Awards: 2008 - L.A. Business Council Community Impact Award

The Northeast Valley Animal Care Center is located in a remnant but changing industrial area in the San Fernando Valley, just west of the San Fernando Mission between San Fernando Mission Boulevard and Brand Boulevard.  While the site does not have presence on Sepulveda Boulevard, the major retail street in the area, it lies only one block to the east.

This shelter was designed in the Mission Revival Style; its forms and details are very carefully derived from elements of the San Fernando Mission, as well as the parkscape across from the Mission.  As the area evolves, this shelter, along with the San Fernando Mission and park to the east, will set a tone for future architecture and lead to the development of a consistently themed area.

The campus’s romantic architecture creates an attractive and inviting place for people to visit for the purposes of: adopting an animal; training or obtaining medical services for their own animals; browsing; or to attend a community meeting.

The building forms are organized in the classical order of a mission, with all functions ringing a central courtyard, which in this shelter contains outdoor kennels.  At the south side of the kennel courtyard, toward Brand Boulevard, are the public functions (the spay/neuter clinic, the administrative functions and the enforcement functions); to the east of the courtyard, at the properties interiors, are back-of-house medical and other support functions; to the north of the kennel courtyard are a combination of support functions and selected public facilities (such as restrooms and large animal holding areas).  At the north end of the site, as would be characteristic of many missions, lie out-buildings containing large animal storage and the training kennels; beyond these are the pasture areas.

The building’s design and construction incorporated many significant sustainable design features which qualified it for Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System.