Prairie Paws Adoption Center

Grand Prairie, TX


  • Municipal


  • mechanical / plumbing engineering
  • electrical engineering


  • 24,100 SF

BHB provided MEP engineering services for the newly renovated and expanded Prairie Paws Adoption Center for the City of Grand Prairie. A facility that temporarily houses lost, stray, and adoptable pets, while providing enforcement and educational services, the shelter was in need of a larger, renovated space. The scope of work included 2,850 SF of renovation to the original 15,300 SF building, and an 8,800 SF expansion to create a spacious adoption center.

Mechanical and plumbing design services for this project included the replacement of all the existing HVAC units and ductwork for the kennel areas. To keep the spaces fresh and contaminants to a minimum, two new 100% outside air units were installed, which incorporate energy recovery wheels to temper incoming fresh air. The offices, breakrooms, and other non-animal areas received four new split systems to replace the original units. To keep the kennels clean, the BHB team designed a washdown system with hose reels, and a trench drain system for runoff water. The existing water and sewer systems were extended in order to account for the additional building space, and three new water heaters were installed.

BHB’s electrical engineering services included a new 600 kW emergency generator. This task had three main parameters: removing the original generator, designing the expanded building under a single generator service, and refeeding the old service so that the renovated and additional parts of the building were running on the same generator.

Key People

  • Les Brown, PE, LEED AP

  • Sean Rath, CGD, LEED AP