Architecturally “Green” Building Unveiled by Potter League

 

Kristen Freguson plays with a puppy in one of the new viewing rooms

Environmentally sensitive, and thoughtfully use-defined, the new facility christened last week by the Potter League for Animals is a 21st century addition in a town usually revered for its historic architecture.  The structure is modern, environmentally friendly, full of light, and LEEDS-designated by the US Green Building Council.  It is the first such designation in Newport County.

Overcoming such challenges as wetlands drainage, conservation of water and energy, and sustainable site planning, the building is wonderful to look at, complete with rooftop watersheds on the two wings, and a green garden on the central roof. It comprises 19,500 square feet, and Fulfills the organizations’s stated goal:  “honoring  their trust.”

But this building is definitely going to the dogs – and cats.  And to an occasional bunny and mouse. The state-of-the-art shelter  supports the health, safety, and well-being of the animals, thereby facilitating their adoption. Everything function has been thought of, including a middle-of-the-night entrance for stray animals when the main building is locked.  A hospital surgery is located on the second floor, and laundries are strategically located throughout.  There is an excellent ventilation system, as well.

According to Pat Heller, Director of Development for Potter League, “our

 

new building is a realization of a dream brought about by our staff, volunteers, and loyal donors.”  The Robert H. Potter League for animals has been in continuous operation since 1929.

A VIP reception for donors and volunteers was held the evening prior to the public ribbon-cutting ceremony, carried out by Newport mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Potter League executive director Christie Smith, and vice-president off the Board of Directors Harriet DiCicco.

Bill & Allison Vareika

 

David & Linda Gordon

 

Rita Kawata & Al Maiciano

 

Potter Opening 2009

 

Pete Peters, Christie Smith,
Lucy Schaffer & Paul Banacci of ARQ

 

Sandra King & Cathy Robertson

 

Edith McBean & Helene van Beuren

 

Holly & John Rice

 

Thomas Roskelly & Christie Smith pose outside infront of the New metal Potter League Sign

 

Roger & Sandra King

 

Lissa & David Ferandez

 

Kim Ferguson & Annette Pelletier

 

Ellen & Barry Ford

 

Sheila Reilly & Annette Pelletier

 

Edna & William Parker

 

Frances Holmes, Mary Alice Smith &
Karen Barrett Roskelly

 

Happy & Archie van Beuren, Emlen Drayton & Christie Smith

 

Deb Elliot & Myra Duvally

 

Edward Young & Isabel Negus

 

Gary & Carolyn Frye

 

Potter Opening 2009

 

Roger King & David Ferandez

 

Kim & Kirsten Ferguson with Emlen Drayton

 

Carol Miller & Mark Hugo

 

Lyn Confort, Skip Elliott & Carol Miller

 

Norey Cullen & Annie Sherman

 

Pete Peters, John Silvia & Lisa Hasset Silvia

 

Karen Barrett Roskelly & Carol Miller

 

Potter Opening 2009

 

Patricia Heller & Laura Goldstein

 

Christie Smith & Pete Peters

 

Chris & Sarah Heaton

 

Joyce & Amy

 

Pearl and some of her staff at the Potter Opening 2009


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