Pilot Dogs of Central OhioColumbus, OH

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SIZE: 14,000 SFCOMPLETION DATE: 2004

FMS Architects worked with Pilot Dogs for several years to help this nonprofit organization meet its goals for expanding its important mission of providing guide dogs to the sight-impaired. Our work began with a master plan for the facility, which occupies a sizable site in the historic Franklinton area. Originally constructed in the 1950s, the group has outgrown its existing facility, but was committed to remaining as a major resident of the Franklinton community, and to retaining the investment its original building represents.

To meet their long-term needs, FMS Architects designed a new 9,500 s.f. administration building, joined by a connector to the existing facility, which has been renovated for guide dog student use. A new outdoor park and proving grounds, a 4,500 s.f. canine training facility, as well as site fencing, exterior fa├žade renovations and landscaping improvements were completed as well. The designs were very carefully composed to tie-in the 1950s style of existing buildings as well as the traditional urban fabric of Franklinton.