The Douglas County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to employ Carter Watkins Associates Architects to design the new Douglas County Animal Shelter to be constructed in Deer Lick Park.
Commissioners approved the selection at its July 9 meeting.
Carter Watkins was one of nine firms which presented statements of qualifications and proposals for consideration in response to the County’s advertisement.
A review committee consisting of members of the Animal Control Advisory Board and Animal Control Department staff reviewed all nine submittals, and narrowed the qualification to two firms, both of which made presentations to the committee. The review committee unanimously recommended Carter Watkins Associates Architects to the Board of Commissioners, which accepted the recommendation.
Joe Watkins, Vice President of Carter Watkins Associates Architects, stated that we “are deeply honored to have had our firm selected to work with Douglas County on the new Animal Services Center at Deer Lick Park. This project means a great deal to us personally. We are very sympathetic to the plight of animals as we have adopted many shelter pets ourselves. We are more than proud to be a part of this new chapter in the history of Douglas County.”
Carter Watkins Associates Architects is based in Monroe, Georgia, and has designed similar facilities throughout Georgia, including the University of Georgia.
The new Shelter will be designed and constructed at the Deer Lick Park Family Fun Center due to its relatively central geographic location; the availability of land, utilities, parking and other amenities; sufficient room for future growth; and well-known location. Design of the facility will begin immediately.— From Douglas County Board of Commissioners press release