Local Firm Selected to Design New Animal Welfare Center
Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart said after listening to five convincing presentations, one in particular stood out and now has the responsibility of designing the new Animal Welfare Center.
"We were extremely satisfied with what they talked about and had a full understanding of what our needs are and they're local," said Hart.
The Dunwody Beeland firm of Macon will design the nearly $3 million animal shelter. Firm president, Gene Dunwody Sr. says they want to make sure they don't design something the county can't afford.
"The challenges are to balance what the needs of the community are with the funds that are available," he said.
So far, the county and architects are on the same page.
"The first thing we want to do is get the public's input and I'm sure we will get the input of the county commissioners," said Dunwody.
"We want to make sure we get input from the citizens relative to what we will build and how it's built," said Hart.
Dunwody will partner with Trevis Architects of Lenexa, Kansas. It's a firm that specializes in designing animal shelters. According to Dunwody, they share similarities.
"They're kind of hands on people," said Dunwody. "They don't have a big marketing arm that goes out and gets the job and then turns it over to someone else to do it. They're involved from day one."
Dunwody says the design they have in mind is to be dual facility for holding and adoption, on a site that is accessible, visible, and welcoming to volunteers and prospective pet owners.