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Lucky Dogs: P1 Group Provides Critical Mechanical Construction for Lawrence Humane Society

Lawrence Humane Society P1 Group

Cats and dogs alike at the brand new $7.5 million Lawrence Humane Society facility are enjoying nicer, larger spaces thanks to the building’s modern additions and renovations.

The new building not only houses space for the animals, there are multiple meet-and-greet spaces for their human friends to visit with them and hopefully take them to a forever home.

But what most people visiting a space like this don’t know is how critical the HVAC systems are to the safety and welfare of the animals housed inside.

P1 Group partnered with general contractor MarLan Construction, architect Sabatini, and engineer Design Learned, Inc. on the project.

P1 Group installed 21 rooftop air handling units, six energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), 550 linear feet of trench drain, and 13 hose reels.

According to P1 Group Senior Project Manager Zach Kittle, “The work we installed allows temperature and humidity control throughout the whole facility, not only keeping the animals comfortable, but helping employees keep the holding and living areas clean.”

Single-source capabilities employed for this project include:

  • Detailing/Coordination
  • Plumbing Fabrication
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication
  • Plumbing Construction
  • Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

“There was very little room above the ceiling to fit all of the duct, piping, etc.,” Zach noted. “We utilized our VDC department to make it easier to fit all trades’ work in the allowable space.

In an article from the Lawrence Journal-World, Interim Executive Director Meghan Scheibe particularly noted the importance of the separate rooftop units.

"Scheibe said the new exam rooms are both larger and better equipped, enabling three vets to work at once instead of only one. She said the new shelter also has 21 separate HVAC systems compared to the two systems at the old building. Separate ventilation systems are vital, she said, because the shared airflow in the current building prevented ill animals from being fully isolated from their healthy peers and allowed diseases to spread."

P1 Group is proud to be making a difference in the lives of people (and animals) with our single-source capabilities and facility solutions.

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