Sicsa Pet Adoption Facility

Client Overview:

Sicsa pet Adoption Facility is a non-profit pet adoption center and animal shelter, that has rescued and adopted more than 7,500 animals throughout the years. The Shelter has been part of the Miami Valley since 1974. Sicsa has performed more than 6,900 spays and neuters during the last three years.

Project Site Overview:

In early 2015, Sicsa hired a third party to complete a feasibility study that included testing whether the community would support a fundraising campaign aimed at expansion, as well as if moving from the Kettering Community after 45 years would be accepted. The Sicsa team first explored options in Kettering, but could not find the ideal land to accommodate a new 27,000 sf facility. After a substantial study was finalized suitable land was located within the Washington Township area on Washington Church Road. The land had the size to accommodate all Sicsa services in one location consisting of Animal Housing, Full Service Veterinary Clinic, Dedicated Help Center, Humane Education Classrooms, two adoption cafes, plus administrative and volunteer office space. This site allowed Sicsa to have all operations in one location and accommodating all current and future expanding program needs.

Construction Progress Overview:

Following the site selection Sicsa Pet Adoption Facility worked with Levin Porter Architects and Heapy Engineering on the building and development plans. Following the completion of the construction documents, there was a plan-spec bidding process that involved many of Dayton’s finest General Contractors and Construction Mangers. After the bidding process was finalized Sicsa Pet Adoption Facility selected Conger Building Group as the Construction Manager to oversee the overall construction progress and MSD, Inc. was awarded the Mechanical and Plumbing scopes of work on this project.

The overall project came in slightly over budget and MSD, INC. worked very closely with Levin Porter, Heapy Engineering and Conger Building Group on value engineering options available to help transfer the Sicsa Pet Adoption Facility from a dream into a reality. MSD’s Inhouse Engineering department worked with Heapy Engineering on potential value engineering options from August to November while the site work was progressing in the forward direction. The overall value engineering process was a true partnership approach that involved collaboration with the Architect, Engineer, Construction Manager and all trade associates.

MSD Scope of Work:

MSD’s VDC department worked very hard at getting all of the ductwork to fit within the building footprint which produced many challenges throughout this process as the facility design requirements required 0% cross contamination between the Dog and Cat areas.

MSD completed the Plumbing, Mechanical and Controls scopes of work on this project which consisted of installation of the following systems: Domestic Water, Sanitary, Storm and Natural Gas, while the Mechanical Systems consisted of Supply, Return and Exhaust Ductwork feeding from 6 Natural Gas Roof Top Units. MSD Inc also installed all the Building Automation Control scope of work as part of the MSD Mechanical package.


This project was very special to MSD as it involved a plan-spec bidding process with a value engineering collaboration with all partners to bring this project within budget and transfer this dream into a reality for Sicsa Pet Adoption Facility.

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  • MSD worked in collaboration with Diaz Construction to complete the system upgrades on time and on budget with minimal shutdowns or disruption to the facility operations.

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