Design of new animal center on tap for Bibb commissioners

pramati@macon.comApril 1, 2013 

Architects who are designing the new Bibb County Animal Welfare facility will make a presentation to county commissioners during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Bibb County Courthouse.

Gene Dunwody Sr. of Dunwody/Beeland Architects Inc. and Aaron Harte of Tevis Architects will present plans for the facility itself, as well as the grounds it will be built upon.

The new shelter will be built with $3 million paid for by the special purpose local option sales tax at 4280 Fulton Mill Road. The land was acquired by Bibb County from the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority at no cost.

Dunwody said his team visited several facilities from similar-sized cities across Georgia, seeing which ideas have worked and which haven’t.

“We’ve analyzed the statistics (of the current shelter) for the last three or four years,” he said. “We’re designing the building, where, if the costs come in right, should have 130 to 140 animals in its average daily capacity. ... There’s always something to learn from other folks. ... All of (the other shelters) had positive attributes, and some had things where we learned what not to do.”

Other proposals for the shelter include an efficient check-in area for the facility as well as a separate area for animals that are ready for adoption.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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