(Stratham, NH) The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) held a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration recently at their location at 104 Portsmouth Avenue in Stratham, NH. The celebration marks the beginning of a construction project of 6,700 square feet of interior renovations, two additions to the existing structure totaling approximately 4,900 square feet and the required site work and Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing requirements for a new 9,500 square foot riding arena and 3,000 square foot horse barn.
Two new additions to the existing structure will house areas for a new wellness veterinary clinic and a classroom and staff area. Spaces within the existing structures, including the Adoption Center, will also receive renovations to address the organization’s changing needs and to provide upgrades to HVAC and other systems and finishes. In addition, extensive site work and landscaping will improve outdoor areas along the front of the building at public entrances, and in areas such as the dog play area and in and around the Memorial Garden at the rear of the property.
The NHSPCA began a new strategic planning initiative in 2013 to assess the organizations needs and make plans for the future. Out of this planning effort, it was determined that significant investments were required in three key areas:
- Expanding to better address the need for equine and farm animal rescue and provide year-round training and rehabilitation.
- Upgrade current facilities to provide superior medical care, quarantine space, and community programming areas.
- Securing the organization’s Endowment Fund for future financial stability, the support of current and new programming.
Fundraising efforts began in 2017 with the “Campaign for Changing Times,” with an initial phase dedicated to securing private donations, followed by a public phase in 2019.
ARQ Architects of Kittery, ME is the architectural design firm on the project.
Celebrating an official groundbreaking at the NHSPCA in Stratham is (from left to right): Paul Bonacci and Lucy Schlaffer of ARQ Architects; Joshua Scott, Esq., President, NHSPCA Board of Directors; Ed Rimm, Project Manager for North Branch Construction; John W. Kellar, III of Kellar Associates; Joseph Campbell, President of North Branch Construction; David Choate, Chair of NHSPCA Properties Committee; Bill Richard, NHSPCA Board of Directors and Properties Committee Construction Liaison; Shanti Wolph and Tavis Austin, Town of Stratham CEO/Building Inspector and Town Planner, respectively; Karen Grover, Co-Chair, Campaign for Changing Times; Thomas W. Haas, Campaign for Changing Times Cabinet Representative; Joanne Lamprey, Co-Chair, Campaign for Changing Times; and Lisa Dennison, Executive Director, NHSPCA.