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Animal shelter construction starts May 28.

T.W. Clark Construction of Spokane has been selected to build the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society's new $2.2 million animal shelter at 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave.

The WVHS board selected Clark's $1.53 million low bid on the construction part of the project April 25. A groundbreaking ceremony was planned May 28.

"We have been functioning in a poorly lit, unventilated building with no drainage and constant breakdowns for the last several years," said WVHS Executive Director Dawn Davies. "This will give us the space we need to do our jobs--protecting the animals and public, educating the community about the responsibilities of pet ownership, and, importantly, finding forever homes for the animals in our care."

The shelter will remain open during the project which will take nearly a year to complete and will be done in phases to provide continual care for the animals.

The first phase is to construct new animal wings. Once those are completed, animals will be moved into new hallways with natural lighting and state of the art air and noise control. The second phase includes demolishing the current shelter to build the new lobbies, treatment rooms, cat colonies, an education room and office space.

WVHS Board President Joni Pepperl said the hope had been to hire a local general contractor, but T.W. Clark's bid was $60,000 less than the next highest bid. "The subcontractors doing the work will be local," she said.

The board and shelter staff continue to fund raise not only to pay for the final construction costs--the nonprofit has raised $1.8 million of the $2.2 million needed--but to add items left out of the final bid to make the project more affordable.

"We were forced to eliminate things near and dear to our hearts, including individual doggie doors, skylights, additional noise buffers, reception desks and more," Davies said. "With the public's support, we can raise enough money to add some of these critical items back in, and to help us keep our loan costs as low as possible."

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Title Annotation:T.W. Clark Construction; Wenatchee Valley Humane Society
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Jun 1, 2014
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