A former day care at the base of the Republic water tower recently was repurposed as the city’s new animal shelter.
The transformation of the front of the building is the favorite feature for project architect David Frohling, of GHN Architects Engineers.
“We took what was a flat plane and gave it some depth and interest,” he said of changing the facade, adding height, changing the materials and removing a porch.
The crisscross of metal bars on the water tower also can be seen in the design.
“To see what it used to look like versus what it does now is like a night and day difference,” he said.
Republic’s former animal control center was small and outdated, said city spokesperson Mike Landis, adding the center frequently ran out of space and spent $15,000 annually to transfer animals to nearby shelters.
Frohling said the new, modern design includes indoor and outdoor kennels for small, medium and large dogs, as well as two rooms for people to meet and play with the animals available for adoption. He added the cat adoption room was designed for the cats to roam.
“We thought that deep windowsill would allow them a place to sit in the sun,” he said.
The building also was designed with animal safety in mind.
“We had to think of the ability to provide treatment to the animals, but not put the other animals that are already in the facility at risk,” Frohling said. “We have an exam room that is only accessible from the exterior.”
Additionally, the building was designed to create a template for future updates to other city buildings.
“The idea was that in the future the city of Republic would have a standard to go by for future design,” Frohling said.
A project that is now hitting its stride on the west side of Bolivar includes a retail strip and storage units.