New Animal Shelter Construction

Chicago, Illinois

Desired Services
Facilities Needs Assessment,Capital Campaign Materials,Interior Design & Brand Integration,Accessibility & Code Compliance,Healthy & Sustainable Environments,Facilities Renovation

Project Description

Tree House is seeking support to plan, design, and construct a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly, cageless cat shelter and veterinary clinic. In 1975, Tree House opened its shelter-located on the north side of Chicago and housed in a modified single-family home that was built in the early 1900's. Since then, the facility has rescued, sheltered, and adopted tens of thousands of cats, while also providing spay/neuter services and cat care counseling and support with supplies to low-income and needy pet guardians. Through the years, the current facility has begun to show its age, and has developed structural deficiencies that are expensive to correct. In addition, the building has never provided the safest environment for preventing disease transmission and providing the most sanitary living environment for the animals housed in the facility.

In the next year, we plan to develop our Board of Directors and complete a plan for a $4 million capital campaign to construct a new state-of-the-art shelter facility. We have already acquired a site for this project. In conjunction with this plan announcement in 2010, we will also begin a grass roots campaign via social networking sites and through our wide network of donor and volunteer supporters. By the beginning of 2011, we plan to have completed the preliminary architectural designs and renderings to launch the next phase of the capital campaign, which will involved a more aggressive appeal to our donors, foundations, and the local community. We plan to complete the capital campaign and begin construction in 2013. Construction is planned to be completed in by early 2014.