Austin Animal Center

Austin, Texas

Within the past decade the City of Austin sought to make significant improvements to the 50-year old The Austin Animal Center. The plan included the replacement of the existing facility with two new kennel buildings with a minimum of 80 kennel spaces, cat cubicles and small-animal spaces. Encotech was retained to provide MEP design services.

The electrical design scope performed by Encotech provided the design for all the electrical systems, lighting and power outlet layout and circuiting for the new buildings and the entire site. The electrical design team also provided the circuit design for special electrical equipment, and load analysis, service riser, distribution panels and wire sizing.

The mechanical design included zonal load analysis, sizing and scheduling of HVAC equipment based on zoning. The mechanical scope also involved the design all ductwork and location of air registers, grill and temperature sensors. Additionally, Encotech provided a LEED V3 for New Construction compliant Energy model including current Austin Energy Rates and Fully year calculation for use as proof of building performance as compared to the applicable ASHRAE 90.1 baseline. The team was able to exceed 18% efficiency over baseline as shown by the model. The model included the interior spaces and through way of the approximately 8,000 SF animal kennel.

On the plumbing engineering front Encotech provided water and wastewater, and natural gas piping load analysis, sizing, layout and riser diagrams. The plumbing scope also included condensate piping design. The project achieved LEED Gold certification