The new, one-story 7,085 sq. ft. shelter is a state-of-the-art facility comprised of open office, cage-free cat areas, adoption areas, and support spaces. It is organized around a central landscaped courtyard for maximum daylight and access for all shelter uses—visually and physically—to nature. It features low-VOC, recycled and regional content finishes, high-albedo paving and roofing, and native landscaping. It also boasts a very thorough and well-designed list of energy-saving and energy-producing features through the careful integration of building systems.