The project scope involved renovating an existing one-story K-9 facility for the Alexandria Police Department. The primary driver was the conversion of building use from primarily a dog kennel to a primary workspace for the K-9 officers. Additionally, concern that the facility’s aging mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems and its current condition would have a negative effect on the health of the K-9 dogs. Minor modifications and renovations that corrected specific deficiencies had been completed over the years but a complete renovation was necessary to address the underlying issue of the functional change.
Separation of the canine areas from the personnel area was key to improving overall indoor air quality. Canine maintenance support spaces for food, water, and grooming were incorporated into the new designated dog kenneling area. The new office area provided staff with better workstations, meeting space, equipment storage and upgraded restrooms. Exterior site improvements are planned for a future phase of renovation work.