The building is cleanly subdivided to produce the most efficient, organized and sanitary environment for both people and the animals who inhabit the spaces. All parts are joined along a central axis which cuts through the site from north to south. Different Nodes Exist along the path and are defined by a cedar slat element:
SIGNAGE - connection to the street.
CANOPY / BENCH - transitory place for owners and pets to calm their nerves before continuing inside to reception and adoptions holding.
PAVILION - provides resting space and views which extend the building beyond the defining site.
The long rectilinear massing forms each have a specific material palette which were thought to be more like separate skins. A diamond shaped aluminum shingle is covering the cube which houses the shop and the training area. Bricks protect the long tall form from the elements. People generally coincide with this area. Galvalum finished corragated steel cover the remaining protruding forms. The animals are found in these areas. Althought not LEED credited the Humane Society building uses high efficient air handling and natural light to provide a clean and comfortable space for the animals. Glass replaces bars for cages which provide optimal housing and sound control.