Originally Published: August 25, 2018 6:21 p.m.
The old Prescott Animal Hospital building was demolished this week, falling under the wrecking ball in order to make room for an expansion of the parking area for PAH’s brand new, larger facility, which opened Aug. 5.
Located at 1318 W. Iron Springs Road, the old animal hospital building, which was adjacent to PAH’s new facility, had been in operation since 1976.
The original Prescott Animal Hospital was also located on Iron Springs next to Citizen’s Cemetery near the current Starbucks store. It first opened for business in 1947, according to Dr. Kenneth Skinner, PAH’s medical director.
Skinner first joined PAH in 2003 as a veterinarian. In 2007, he purchased an ownership stake in the practice and is now business partners there along with Dr. Cameron Dow and Dr. Bryan Nolty.
Dow works with Skinner at the companion animal facility on Iron Springs. Nolte operates out of PAH’s equine center on Avenger Road.
“In 2007, we built the horse hospital out by the airport in order to have more room at Iron Springs,” Skinner said. “When Dr. Steve Dow retired, we started this project” to create the larger hospital on Iron Springs Road.
The new 15,000-square-foot facility was designed by Animal Arts, a Boulder, Colorado-based firm that specializes in state-of-the-art animal hospitals.
Prescott-based Haley Construction acted as general contractor on PAH’s new building project as well as the demolition of the old hospital building. Haley also oversaw construction of PAH’s equine center.
Allan Crary, president at Haley, said local subcontractor Greg Mahan, owner of MM Roofing, prepared the old building for demolition while Dickens Quality Demolition handled the wrecking ball.
“There were no real surprises” during the nearly weeklong process of taking the old building down, Crary reported. “We performed all the necessary investigative work along with testing prior to the demo.”
Crary said 90 percent of the subcontractors on PAH’s new building project “were local.”
The new facility is “specifically designed to be very fear-free and patient-friendly,” Skinner said.
The building includes two large surgery rooms, boarding facilities for cats and dogs, 13 exam rooms and a physical therapy area and play yard.
The PAH partners, who already owned 2.5 acres on Iron Springs, purchased an additional acre of frontage in order to put up the new building.
“The city required us to have at least 90 parking spaces,” Skinner said. “Before we started the project, we only had like 15 or 20. So this adds a whole lot more parking for our clients and employees.”
Crary said Haley will be constructing an underground detention basin under the new parking area.
“That will control the amount of water runoff from the building so it won’t overwhelm city storm drain infrastructure,” he said.
From plan and design through construction, making the new Prescott Animal Hospital a reality took about three years, Skinner said.
“We are really excited to be in this beautiful new building,” Skinner said. “It’s three times the size of our old one and has allowed us to add new doctors and services.”
Ten vets currently work at the new PAH facility, which is open seven days a week and sees an average of about 100 patients daily, according to Skinner.
“We’re a local business owned by three local veterinarians,” Skinner said. “We put a lot of money into the local economy in order to build this.”
Skinner did not want to disclose the total price tag for the new building. “All I can say is it cost a lot,” he said.
PAH plans to hold an open house in early October when the entire project, including the new parking lot, is finished.
“Over the years,” Skinner said, “we’ve really grown a lot. We’re really excited to continue to be able to grow with this community.”