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S.A.D.S Animal Welfare Facility

S.A.D.S Animal Welfare Facility


Yarrambat, VIC




Architecture Matters


Architecture Matters

Contract Type

ECI Design & Construct


Project value


Months to build




  • Live Operating Environment
  • Design & Construct
  • Early Contractor Involvement
  • Existing Structure Works
  • Specific Acoustic Requirements
  • Specialist Trades & Project Elements

In 2009, Save-A-Dog-Scheme purchased a 33-acre property and former boarding facility at Yarrambat on the northern outskirts of Melbourne, intending to transform it into a fully functioning animal shelter so that they can continue to rehome hundreds of dogs and cats every year.

We worked closely with S.A.D.S and Architecture Matters for over twelve months to secure this project via an ECI procurement model which aided in resolving some of the specialist animal enclosure details. The project involved partial demolition of the existing facility and the construction of a brand-new canine facility to cater for 61 internal and external exercise pens, including a dog wash, utility and food preparation room, covered walkway, and stair access.

To achieve the complex and fine tolerances specified for individual kennel separation, set down, and fall to waste requirements in the concrete slab, we employed the use of innovative technology in the form of a PLT 300 Layout System. With the ability to accept AutoCAD plans and using a reference point onsite, the technology can pinpoint any location on the drawing within millimeters. Through the use of this tool, we avoided the requirement of screeding and greatly minimised room for error. An anti-microbial treatment was also applied to the concrete slab, while other rooms were lined with vinyl flooring. Internally, the facility was fitout with stainless steel benches and extensive compact laminate joinery along with, most significantly, a proprietary system of internal and external dog kennels and access doors.

With the completion of this project, Save-A-Dog-Scheme will be able to operate Yarrambat in conjunction with their current headquarters in Glen Iris. The property will help to secure their future and significantly expand S.A.D.S’ capacity to save more animals.

“I know I speak, not only for myself but also for the S.A.D.S Management Committee, the staff and volunteers at Yarrambat, and for everyone at our organisation when I echo the sentiments expressed by all; this has been, I believe, a very positive experience for which we send our heartfelt thanks. The team of workers on site have, without exception, been courteous, considerate, and helpful. I am sure the place will seem a shade empty without their presence!”

Pam WeaverS.A.D.S President


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