Southland SPCA

Posted 14 Mar 2014

A New Shelter for a Caring Cause

Invercargill - Every so often a project comes along that goes beyond ithe design of the building and reaches into the hearts of a local community. The new SPCA Animal Ark in Invercargill demonstrates just that - where four years of dedicated fund-raising, private donations, community events and grants from Invercargill trusts - led to the necessary funds being raised and having construction begin.

Conceived & quoted in 2009 and granted final building consent in 2013, the new 950m2 animal shelter benefited from a commitment to fixed costs. Calder Stewart led the way by freezing prices at the original quote, and most subcontractors did the same. Calder Stewart Project Manager DANIEL LABES, who had a large part to play in the building’s design, remarked, “I’ve never known contractors to freeze their prices like this before, and it shows the connection many had to this community-led project.”

A key feature of the project was the use of Solar-Rib®, Calder Stewart’s innovative roofing product. The 18kw installation represents the largest of its kind on the South Island and promises to reduce Southland SPCA’s operating costs whilst providing energy back to the grid. As a result the building relies on electricity wherever possible including energy efficient heat pumps. Attention to detail is another signature of the project, where two-part epoxy paint was used to minimise scratches, floor coverings were specified to be nontoxic, and galvanised steel cages and lining in the animal operating room were chosen to make sterilisation easier.

“This project was all about providing better care and quality of life for animals in Southland”, Daniel explains. And from the looks of the warm reception at the facility’s opening ceremony held in February this year – all parties, both ‘creatures’ & ‘carers’ alike, are happy with the results!