- Jan 10:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter holds grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony
- Oct 23:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter prepares to open next month
- Oct 22:
- City council approves new guidelines for animal shelter
- Farmington announces new executive director of regional animal shelter
- Jul 30:
- Local veterinarians, animal welfare advocates say teamwork a necessity on spay/neuter, animal welfare initiatives
- Jul 28:
- Farmington, San Juan County governments look at spay/neuter initiatives
- Jul 24:
- Farmington Animal Shelter scales back animal control in wake of cat, dog influx
- Jul 23:
- Farmington City Council discusses animal shelter plans, future
- Jul 21:
- Farmington City Council to discuss animal shelter conditions, plan for future
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Services Advisory Commissioners discuss shelter operations, progress
- Jul 11:
- Farmington Animal Shelter at capacity, understaffed as officials search for a humane solution
- Jun 26:
- Animal shelter controversy continues at Farmington City Council amid funding, staffing concerns
- Jun 23:
- Farmington City Council to consider crematory at animal shelter, discuss project progress
- Jun 16:
- Farmington leaders celebrate progress at new animal shelter
- Jun 5:
- San Juan County agrees to pay more for regional animal shelter
- May 29:
- Farmington City Council approves animal shelter consultant
- May 15:
- Farmington Animal Shelter's first adoption special a success
- May 6:
- Farmington Animal Shelter to hold cat, kitten adoption special
- Apr 23:
- Water, electric utility hookups left out of Farmington Animal Shelter budget
- Apr 12:
- Farmington Animal Shelter seeks volunteers and foster homes
- Feb 14:
- San Juan County, city officials and animal rights workers celebrate new animal shelter
- Jan 10:
- Farmington animal shelter presentation receives high praise, funding uncertain
- Jan 7:
- City Council to hear animal shelter improvement suggestions
- Nov 28:
- City Council approves construction on long-anticiapted animal shelter
- Nov 26:
- Farmington council approaches animal shelter decision
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Shelter aims to find balance
- Jul 11:
- New Regional Animal Shelter plans unveiled
- Jul 8:
- Final public meeting for Farmington's animal shelter plans to be held Tuesday
- Jun 8:
- Farmington officials and residents plan new animal shelter
- Mar 30:
- Farmington Animal Shelter has new, enthusiastic director
FARMINGTON — Farmington's City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to begin negotiations with BDA Architecture, of Albuquerque, for architectural services for the new animal shelter.
Six of the original eight interested firms gave presentations to city staff in March, and BDA Architecture was ranked at the top.
"We will send a letter to them most likely today to start getting their pricing together," purchasing officer Edward Smylie told the Council.
According to Assistant City Manager Bob Campbell, BDA has specialized in building animal care facilities for the last 20 years.
"They have built veterinary clinics, animal hospitals and animal shelters," Campbell said. "Based on their presentation, they have done over 600 animal care facilities. What's interesting is that they try to keep animal shelters down to just four a year because they involve a public process and are time consuming."
BDA won't be the first architectural firm to work on the project. The city already has extensive plans that show what both city officials and the public are interested in seeing constructed.
"They will be given those plans as reference so they'll have a good conceptual idea of what we want," Campbell said.
Campbell expects the negotiation phase to take about three weeks, at which point the firm will have 120 days to produce construction documents.
Part of that four-month period involves time for public input.
"Part of the negotiation process is identifying how many public meetings we want to have," Campbell said. "We expect to have a number of them over the time period to get a lot of public input."
Councilor Mary Fischer feels public input is necessary.
"Public input is a key component for building a successful shelter," she said. "I would like to see if we couldn't speak to our artist community to see if they would be interested in some kind of contest to get more amenities in than just a functional building. The more consumer friendly, the better chance we have for increasing our adoption rate and decreasing our euthanizations."
Once the architectural plans are finished, BDA will assist the city in the bidding process to find a contractor, Campbell said.
"They will likely also have some construction management responsibilities throughout the construction process," he said