Prior to this project, HSH had less than 200 sq. ft. of isolation/quarantine area for sick or injured animals. This project, which has been in the works since the spring of 2014, will add about 600 sq. ft. to this important area. Plus, major improvements to the ventilation system are expected to reduce the possible transmission of airborne illnesses!
It is currently being occupied by some soon to be or new mommy kitties who need a quiet place to feel safe and secure.
This area of the building that had been outdoor dog area converted to storage sometime in the 1970’s or 1980’s. It had no heat or cooling, limited electrical service and virtually no thermal insulation. The recent investments have addressed all of these issues.
This was a long and involved project involving a number of contractors. Our special thanks go out to the volunteers and groups that donated work allowing us to bring this major project in at a bit lower cost than originally expected!
1. Demolition, trench drains, sewer hookup and concrete by Boyd Construction of Hobart, IN
2. Masonry walls and tuckpointing. Colvin Masonry of Dyer, IN
3. Commercial doors. Calumet Lumber of East Chicago, IN
4. Heating, air conditioning and ventilation. Arctic Engineering or Merrillville, IN. This includes a Payne high-efficiency furnace, Carrier Energy Recovery Ventilator (allows fresh air to be introduced into both the heating and cooling systems by pre-conditioning thus reducing energy costs), 8000 cfm roof-mounted exhaust fan, Honeywell 4″ filter system and a Guardian Air REME peroxide air purification system to help eliminate airborne viruses and pathogens.
5. Epoxy floors, coving and wall. Broadleaf Inc. of Broadview, IL
6. Paint remediation.
7. Insulation, ceiling and other misc. Labor donated by volunteers
8. Electrical work. Labor donated by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #697 and Apprenticeship Program of Merrillville, IN, Sweney Electric of Merrillville, IN. Electrical supplies donated by Steiner Electric of Hobart,