The design for the new Prince William County Animal Shelter

The design for the new Prince William County Animal Shelter is complete and construction is expected to begin in August, with a completion date set for February 2021. 

According to a recent presentation given to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors regarding capital projects in the county, the shelter will be a 27,200-square-foot, $15.1-million building that will replace the current shelter and all of the out buildings on the property at 14807 Bristow Road. 

The new shelter will include a welcome area, a dedicated space for families to interact with the animals they are considering adopting, space for a veterinarian’s office, dedicated space for animal isolation, quarantine and recovery, as well as feed and equipment storage areas, exam and grooming areas, and office space. The facility will have 56 dog kennels and 104 cat kennels, and have space to address surge capacity related to animal cruelty and hoarding cases. It also will fully meet all state and local requirements.  

The current shelter, built in 1975 and expanded in 1990, receives 85,000 visitors and 4,100 animals per year. The main shelter is 6,646 square feet with two modular buildings and 12 outbuildings included in the complex; and there are currently 16 double-sided and 14 single-sided dog kennels and eight double-sided and 77 single-sided cat kennels.

Demolition of the old shelter and out buildings will begin in March 2021. 

In addition to the animal shelter, work is underway, beginning or winding up on several fire stations across the county, and an expansion of the Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center, or ADC, is ongoing. 

Reconstruction of Fire and Rescue Station 6, in the Coles District, is 80 percent complete. After heavy rains delayed construction, the completion date was moved to June 30. A temporary permit will allow personnel to move into the station prior to completion. Moving in will begin in May, with demolition of the old building to begin immediately afterward. The project includes expanded office space, sleeping quarters, more suitable apparatus areas and hazmat storage.

Reconstruction of Fire and Rescue Station 5, in Nokesville, is 85 percent complete and within budget. The new station will replace the current station and include expanded office space, sleeping quarters, community room and more suitable apparatus areas. It is scheduled to be completed by August. 

Plans were submitted in December for Fire and Rescue Station 22. The site plan is approved and a building plan approval is expected in April with construction set to begin in June. The station will be located at 11600 Balls Ford Road and is planned to be approximately 21,000 square feet. The latest cost estimates put the project within budget.

Phase II of the ADC expansion is within budget and 60 percent complete, with construction scheduled to finish in February 2020. The new expansion will include bed space to alleviate current overcrowding and future inmate population growth, as well as repairs to the main jail and an expanded parking lot. It will also include facilities for inmates on the work release program, which currently operates out of leased space. 

More information about the county’s Capital Improvement Program can be found at

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