Location: Houston, Texas
In 1988 Jackson & Ryan Architects first met with the Houston SPCA to discuss their new facility. For the next 30 years, we have collaborated on new approaches to innovative animal shelters, their services to the community, and the animals they protect. The new HSPCA campus is now the most advanced, comprehensive animal shelter in the country, serving over 50,000 animals a year including dogs and cats as well as horses, native wildlife, exotics, reptiles, and mammals.
The project totals more than 100,000 square feet of new construction on 12 acres of land just north of Memorial Park. The design includes a vibrant pet adoption center, a native wildlife rehabilitation center, a multipurpose arena for equine demonstrations and rescue work, two dog parks, horse paddocks and a 27 stall barn to house rescued horses and farm animals. A 20,000 square foot education center with three classrooms is designed to be opened to seat 400 people. Phase 2 of the project is underway and includes the renovation and conversion of the original adoption center, designed by Jackson & Ryan Architects, into a state-of-the-art animal hospital and rehabilitation center, and a dormitory for Texas A&M Veterinary students who will perform surgeries during a 3 week rotation course.
The “Urban Ranch” architectural style of the new HSPCA campus is based on Texas country vernacular. The masonry used is a basic limestone concrete block, the metal wall panels match the limestone color, the wood trim is Cedar, and the roof is a simple metal panel. The site is a combination of parking, paddocks and dog parks. The final effect is a campus that feels like it is just as comfortable in a crowded bustling city as it would be on a peaceful country ranch.
2017 Houston Business Journal Landmark Award Winner
2018 AGC Houston APEX Award Winner