Albuquerque Animal Services

Albuquerque Animal Services

Project Details

Building Type:

    Mixed Use


    Albuquerque, New Mexico

Square Footage


Project Type

    Energy Analysis; LEED Energy Analysis

Project Team


City of Albuquerque


Garret Smith LTD


CME, Inc


CME, Inc


CX Agent:

Albuquerque Animal Services

The new Albuquerque Animal Services facility added a Spay Neuter Clinic, Animal Adoption Center, Administrative Center for staff and Animal Control personnel, kennels, and support spaces. The design of the building has achieved LEED Silver certification and has reduced crowding, streamlined operations, and promoted a more open relationship with the public.

Energy efficient features were incorporated into the design of the envelope, lighting and HVAC systems in order to create energy cost savings. The primary construction of the envelope of the building is a CMU veneer with R-19 batt insulation. The roof is insulated with R-30 batt insulation and the vision glazing is high performance, dual pane, low-e glass.  Lighting is 35% below the ASHRAE 90.1 maximum allowable lighting, with occupancy sensors and smart lighting design. The HVAC system includes SEER 13 packaged units with gas heat. Additionally, two of the units serve spaces with higher outdoor air requirements and are equipped with energy recovery ventilators.

In all, the owner has achieved a savings of approximately $12,390 (32.2%) in annual energy costs as compared to a minimally compliant ASHRAE 90.1-2004 building. Quest Energy Group provided the energy modeling for this building and the required documentation for all credits in the LEED Energy and Atmosphere category.

Articles & Media

The renovation and addition to the Eastside Animal Services Center has helped in decreasing euthanasia rates in Albuquerque by 21%, as reported in a January 25th, 2012 article by Dan McKay in the Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque’s director of animal welfare, Barbara Bruin, attributes the decrease to efforts by staff, fosters, volunteers, better marketing, and “renovations to the Eastside shelter [that] made it a more attractive place for the public to visit.” Eastside Animal Services Center received LEED SILVER certification from the USGBC.