QuickDraw Awarded Contract for SAGE Veterinary Centers With Hospital Expansion in Concord, Calif.
Since the start of the pandemic, pet adoption rates have soared as people have turned to animals for much-needed companionship and emotional support. The nonprofit Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles reported that adoptions were double their usual rate in late June 2020, prompting waiting lists for puppies and certain dog breeds.
The rise in pet ownership has also boosted the economy. After PetCo’s sales hit nearly $4 billion in 2020 — an increase of nearly 10% from 2019 — the company is now being publicly traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker “WOOF.” Meanwhile, the American Pet Products Association projects that Americans will spend a record-high $99 billion in 2021 on pet items from food to veterinary care.
In conjunction with the pet boom, SAGE Veterinary Centers is building a new hospital and surgical center at 2055 Meridian Park Boulevard in Concord, California, to replace its current Concord facility. More space is needed to house specialized equipment such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine for neurological patients and a fluoroscopy x-ray machine to enhance the quality of cardiac and surgical procedures.
On behalf of American River Bank, QuickDraw Fund Control is working with SAGE and Wells Construction Inc. to help ensure that capital is quickly and safely deployed. This helps to ensure timely payments to all professionals and contractors so that construction progress continues without delay.
SAGE will take over an existing two-story, 23,661 square foot building, plus an adjacent 945 square foot outbuilding. The project will renovate the entire interior of the main buildings by removing all nonstructural walls and finishes, upgrading the existing elevator, providing a new service elevator, adding a small 239 square foot addition, replacing all the exterior windows with new energy-efficient windows, and fully upgrading all mechanical and electrical systems to create a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. Wood-look and metal accents will be added to modernize the building and accentuate the front entrance. The new-look will complement other recent developments in the area.
SAGE will beautify the existing 102,845 square foot lot and hardscape. Planned improvements will bring the accessible parking and walkways up to the current code, provide updated site lighting, upgrade the irrigation to use reclaimed water and refresh landscaping to provide screening for building utilities. A small addition will provide space for a freestanding trailer to permanently house the MRI machine.
The specialty and emergency animal care provided by SAGE is vital to pet-owning households in the Bay Area. SAGE is the only veterinary specialty center in the area to provide such a broad array of technologies to diagnose and treat its patients.
Founded as a surgical center in 1992, SAGE has grown to four state-of-the-art locations in the Bay Area and now encompasses several different veterinary specialties. Among its four hospitals, SAGE employs 425 staff members, 83 doctors and 250 veterinary nurses among them. This highly rated business was recognized in 2011 by the San Francisco Business Times as among the “125 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” and prides itself on delivering quality service and cutting-edge medicine.
A recent study by Rover.com found that 93% of people who got a “pandemic pet” felt improved mental and/or physical wellbeing. It is expected that pet adoption rates will continue to increase as more people work from home and adapt to flexible work schedules. These conditions make it easier to care for and enjoy pets of all kinds.
QuickDraw Fund Control is proud to support the success of SAGE Veterinary Centers and other projects that contribute to healthier and happier communities.
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