Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that pairs highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Providing increased independence and helping to enhance their quality of life. 360 Engineering partnered with THA Architects and Baylor University to construct CCI’s sixth training facility, located on the Baylor Scott & White Health – Kinkeade Campus in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. With a total of approximately 23,800 square feet, the project encompassed multiple buildings including a new Canine Center with five canine kennel buildings; a new training center; two ground-up dormitories, and an administration office. 360 Engineering designed complete mechanical and plumbing systems for all buildings on campus.
The Canine Center offers critical support for program operations as an on-site veterinary hospital complete with surgery rooms, exam rooms, radiology capabilities, a testing laboratory, grooming facilities, a commercial-scale laundry, food prep and dishwashing areas, veterinarian and vet tech offices, overnight stay capabilities, and kennels. To support the wide variety of uses within the Canine Center, 360 Engineering designed a mechanical system capable of precise pressurization control between the different areas. The building’s plumbing system was designed with adequate capacity to serve unique needs such as operating room tables and heavy laundry usage.
The Training Center required a flexible mechanical system for multiple rooms, and the zoning needed to provide thermal control based on occupant usage and exposure. The system also included an exhaust fan on a switch to evacuate odors quickly.