The City College of New York (CCNY) Graduate Architecture Club Builds Special Needs Housing Meowhaus at Angel’s Gate Animal Hospice

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CCNY (The City College of New York) is designing and building a self-contained housing solution for special needs animals affected with cerabellar hypoplasia at Angelsgate Hospice in Delhi, NY.

The Graduate Architecture Club from The City College of New York is designing and building a self-contained housing solution for animals affected with cerabellar hypoplasia. Cerebellar hypoplasia causes jerky movements, tremors and generally uncoordinated motion. The animal often falls down and has trouble walking. Tremors increase when the animal is excited and subside when at ease. These special needs cats need to be separately sheltered from other animals at the hospice.

The building will be called Meowhaus once it is completed and it will be the first of several projects to provide a research environment for this very complex disease in felines.

The project required the design team from the college to design and build a 12ft by 12ft house for 10 cats provide 19sqft floor space (including elevated spaces) for each cat. The entire space had to be a dynamic design of a housing unit that can either be expanded upon or replicated as a part of a system on the property for ease of replication the design would incorporate either pre-fabricated, modular, or locally sourced materials. The design team that consisted of 8 graduate students created a stimulating environment for cats with a distinctive design to give the non-profit positive publicity. Their design, which can now be designed and sourced and built in 3 weeks by CCNY students and volunteers, had to be self-contained, included a self-contained heat source, light source and proper ventilation. “We are really excited to be doing our first project with Angel’s Gate because we support their cause and they are one of the few places a CH (Cerebellar hypoplasia) cat can thrive and live a wonderful life. Our goal is to build a stable environment for an animal that is essentially always unstable,” Todd Hansmann, Meowhaus Project Director.

The project required both student and local volunteers for the construction phase which will begin this weekend July 14th and 15th. Local volunteers- construction workers, plumbers, and electricians can call 607-746-9211

Angel's Gate, a residential, non-profit, 501 (C) 3 home, our home, for special needs animals. Here, animals many of whom are terminally and / or critically ill or physically challenged come to live out their days in peace, dignity and love. Our focus is on wellness and quality of life. We provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each animal. We take a holistic approach in animal care, giving all needed supportive services including hospice care.

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