On Friday, May 27, 2011, the ribbon was cut to officially open the Maple Ridge Community Animal Centre at 10235 Jackson Road. This building represents the incredible partnerships of the City of Maple Ridge, the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) and the amazing volunteers and donors that worked tirelessly to see the project completed. The new animal care centre was built on the site of the previous animal shelter on Jackson Road.
The Maple Ridge Community Animal Centre is British Columbia's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited animal shelter. The LEED rating system promotes sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health - sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The building embraces green design features including high performance glazing, extensive use of windows to increase natural lighting, and water use reduction techniques. Over 75% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill, more than 22% of construction materials came from recycled materials, and 20% of total materials were sourced regionally.