The existing house on the Waterman Street lot is going to serve as our new Welcome Center once construction of the new shelter is complete, and we’ve been working to bring it up to speed for its new purpose!
At the front of the building, we’ve removed the old brick steps and planters and installed new stairs and an ADA-compliant entrance ramp. Still to come are handrails, a new front door, and a walkway that will connect the Welcome Center to our new shelter.
We also had to tear down the old deck at the back of the structure and replace it with a new code-compliant deck. The new deck is in place, resting on temporary supports. Poured concrete footings and permanent wood supports will be installed soon, along with a new concrete landing at the base of the wooden deck stairs. This landing will tie into another set of stairs that will step down to the new shelter’s sidewalk and parking lot.
On the interior, we’ve installed new flooring in the entryway and street-facing rooms of the building. We’ll be housing our exotics here, as well as welcoming a lot of foot traffic, so we chose an LVT flooring system that can handle those demands and look good while doing it!
Works still in progress include renovating one of the bathrooms for ADA compliance, installing some new interior doors, and creating a pleasant and functional reception space. There will also be a number of aesthetic improvements to the building’s exterior. More pics to come soon!
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.