We’ve experienced a whole lot of rain over the past few weeks, but we’ve managed to get the needed retaining walls built despite the weather. Due to the slope of the site, there are grading and elevation issues that have necessitated the installation of these walls.
The first wall runs along the length of the new driveway and wraps around the back of the existing house on the lot (which will become our future Welcome Center). This wall was put in place to protect and cover the building footing and foundation and to manage the slope that’s been created between the structure and the curb/pavement.
The second wall is situated at the northeast corner of the property and is actually an addition to the existing (low) retaining wall that was already in place. That low wall needed to be built up 2-3 feet in order to meet the new grade, so we removed the cap, added the required block and sheet reinforcement, then replaced the cap.
The next phase of the project will be completion of the curb/gutter and paving, hopefully before Thanksgiving. Normally this step would occur after erecting the new building, but due to a delay with the delivery of the steel, our contractor has shuffled the schedule to avoid unnecessary downtime.
This Thanksgiving season, we at the HSCC have so much to be grateful for. This campus improvement project wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our supporters. That support is enabling us to save more animals and to provide a better quality of life for all animals who come under our care. For this we are enormously thankful!
To learn more about the project and our plans for the future, please see our detailed overview. To find out how you can help us upgrade our aging equipment as we renovate our existing facilities, please visit our online store.