Kickapoo Ranch Pet Resort
Waller, Harris County Texas
Kickapoo Ranch Pet Resort (Kickapoo) is a privately owned and operated luxury pet boarding, day-care, training, grooming and retail facility constructed on a picturesque 40 acre tract of land. The 12,774 square foot building houses public and administrative areas on the ground floor with a caretaker’s quarters on the second level.
Kissling Architecture (Kissling) worked with the client to develop a program and provided site design services as well as Architecture and Interior Design services. Kissling further developed a bid set of documents; specified building and finish materials; developed a permitable set of construction documents; coordinated services of consultants; and responded to construction related issues as needed.
Design challenges relating to function, safety, and hygiene were considered with both people and pets in mind. Building and finish materials were selected to be inviting, non-absorptive and easily cleaned, non-toxic to pets and people, slip resistant, and resistant to pet wear and tear caused by biting, scratching and pet elimination. Space planning centered not only on the need for individuals to function within the space but also on the needs of animals of various sizes and dispositions to move comfortably throughout the facility. Additionally, dimensional and clearance requirements for commercial kitchen and laundry equipment as well as pet grooming equipment presented space planning challenges. The overall success of the building is directly tied to the coordination and operation of the MEP systems. In addition to standard plumbing fixtures, lighting, power and central heating and air, this facility houses cyber pet boarding audio/visual equipment, radiant heated floors, a wet/dry central vacuum system, a central sanitary system, security, and retail, office, grooming, commercial kitchen and laundry equipment. Finally, the HVAC system was designed to properly eliminate odors and maintain proper humidity levels at all times.