The new 24,000 square-foot shelter for Orange County Animal Services brings together all the county’s animal services, which were previously two independent operations, and includes pet adoption, public education, and animal seizure and detention.


The building and site design incorporate best practice standards of animal
sheltering. The OCAS is a green building and has achieved local High
Performance Building standards. Sustainable design strategies include water
reclamation and reuse, energy efficient HVAC systems with heat recovery, and clerestory windows for natural daylighting. The facility includes a spay/neuter clinic, multi-purpose rooms for outreach and education and animal housing for 264 pets.

Project Name

Orange County Animal Services


Chapel Hill, North Carolina


24,000 Square Feet

What We Did

Schematic Design & Consultation