The challenge put forth to the design team was one of adaptive reuse of a 12,500-square-foot automobile repair facility at 184 Verona Street to house the new Mounted Patrol. It was determined that this property also had the potential to accommodate the Animal Services facility.
The design theme was to create a functional, yet fun and inviting, environment to stimulate community awareness and adoption/education at the new facility. This was achieved through the renovation and embellishment to the exterior for street appeal, as well as total renovation and sculpting of the interior space.
SWBR successfully balanced the separation of environmental air quality and security issues with public access and education programs for both the Mounted Patrol and Animal Services operations.
Including this rehabilitation in the redevelopment of Rochester’s Entertainment District has greatly improved the image of Animal Services and recycled an old city structure in the process.
Winner of Rochester Chapter AIA Citation of Merit Award
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