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Gillis Gilkerson Announces Opening of the Salisbury Zoo’s LEED Certified Animal Health Clinic

Gillis Gilkerson, in partnership with the City of Salisbury and AWB Engineers, announced the opening of the Salisbury Zoo’s new Animal Health Clinic.  The facility recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first LEED-certified building owned by the City of Salisbury.  Thanks to the hard work and commitment of both Gillis Gilkerson & AWB Engineers, the certification was achieved at no additional cost to taxpayers.

“The Animal Health Clinic is the first of what we expect to be the new standard of LEED certified City buildings,” said Mayor James Ireton, Jr.  “We are proud of the effort coordinated between the City, Zoo staff, DZS, the Zoo Commission, AWB, and Gillis Gilkerson in completing this facility.”

The new, state-of-the-art Animal Health Clinic was built to meet industry standards and provide the Zoo with the resources to provide its living collection with proactive and preventative medical care.  The 4,300 square-foot facility offers Zoo medical staff a suitable space to care for resident animals and nurse them back to health.  The clinic includes a kitchen for animal food preparation, a small diagnostic lab, a surgical/treatment suite, and office space for the veterinarian and veterinary technician. 

“The clinic’s medical and surgical suite is fully operational and helps improve efficiency and procedural time by allowing staff to examine animals, make diagnoses and switch to treatment regimens without interruption,” said Ralph Piland, Salisbury Zoo Director.  “When the health and well-being of one of our animals is at risk, time is critical.  The surgical suite allows our team to address an emergency as quickly as possible which ultimately leads to better outcomes.  In part the Salisbury Zoo’s mission statement notes that the “Zoo encourages appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.” Affirming sound, sustainable practices while responding to the needs of its living collection allows the Zoo to exemplify its mission.” 

Community Teamwork and Progressive Thinking Credited for LEED Certification

Gillis Gilkerson and AWB Engineer’s experience with the construction and design of LEED-certified facilities led them to pursue the added value of a LEED certification for the Animal Health Clinic after they had already been awarded the contract. 

“It made sense to initiate LEED Certification for the building being that is it surrounded by the Zoo’s natural environment,” said Matt Drew, of AWB Engineers  “With the generosity of the Zoo Commission funding the cost of the LEED registration filing fee, meeting certification requirements required no additional cost to the City of Salisbury or tax payers.”

“We are local contractors that value our local communities,” said Dwight Miller, of Gillis Gilkerson.  “We enjoy the Salisbury Zoo and all it has to offer.  That’s why we committed to taking this project to the next level by achieving LEED Certification.  We are proud that during the thirty-one years of support to the community, the Animal Health Clinic marks the 5th LEED facility Gillis Gilkerson has built in Wicomico County.”

Delmarva Zoological Society, the non-profit organization established to raise money for capital improvement projects for the Salisbury Zoological Park raised $3 million in a capital campaign called Renew the Zoo to fund the Animal Health Clinic, a new William E. Morgan Environmental Center and the new “Discover Australia” exhibit of Australian animals including wallabies.

At project’s end, Gillis Gilkerson, in partnership with AWB Engineers, earned a total of 44 points on the LEED Scorecard Rating System.  Examples of sustainable features engineered and built into the Animal Health Clinic include the following:

  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Community Connectivity
  • Solar Tubes
  • Air Turnover
  • Waste Management
  • Energy Savings – Occupancy Censors lights
  • Low VOC (volatile organic compound) Paints, Sealants and Coatings

The following rooms are in operation in the Animal Health Clinic: 

  • Diagnostic Lab
  • Large Carnivore Quarantine Holding
  • Medical Office
  • Aquatic Quarantine
  • Small/Large Animal Quarantine
  • Necropsy Room
  • Surgical Holding Room
  • Food Preparation Area
  • Medical Library
  • Technology Stations

About Gillis Gilkerson

In its 37th year of building and real estate development on Delmarva, award-winning Gillis Gilkerson has built a reputation as one of the most trusted and stable construction management and general contracting firms on the Peninsula. From new commercial construction to renovation, the company’s construction managers offer broad and deep experience in diverse industries such as medical, industrial, manufacturing, hotels, multi-family housing, houses of worship, restaurants, retail, schools and more. Its full-service real estate development expertise offers custom solutions for land purchase, building program development, turnkey project management, obtaining permits and approvals, property management, property marketing, purchase, lease, and lease/purchase options. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, and leasing agents to manage the development process from concept to completion.


What Our Clients Say

“Our experience working with Gillis Gilkerson has been great. Between relocating our well, prepping the ground for the addition and assisting in researching our boundary lines, they didn’t waste any time in getting the project moving.”

~ Jennifer Small,
Managing Director,
Maryland Food Bank, Eastern Shore 

“Over the years Gillis Gilkerson has handled a variety of jobs for Cato Gas & Oil ranging from new construction of convenience stores to remodeling of office buildings. I have always been satisfied with the timelines of the work, quality of construction, and ability to stay on budget.”

~ Michael Abercrombie Jr.,
Cato Gas & Oil

“We embarked on a journey to create a state of the art high definition television studio and have completed that mission. The expertise from Gillis Gilkerson in all aspects of the building construction was a blessing as this project has numerous technical and on-air related projects that held the attention of our own staff. Thank you for going the extra step in making this complicated project a complete success for Draper Holdings and the entire Delmarva viewing audience.”

~ John A. Hopkins III,
Project Manager,

“The original roof was only seven years old so finding out that we needed a whole new roof – the hard way – was disappointing. The team from Gillis Gilkerson addressed every single concern we had from the very beginning. They even called me on July 4th when we had bad storms in the area and asked if they could get inside the church to make sure everything was safe and secure. Now that’s commitment.”

~ Bruce Glisson,
Executive Pastor,
Allen Memorial Baptist Church

“Peninsula Regional Health System is committed to bringing care into the community, with the same great outcomes and at the greatest value. Gillis Gilkerson has been an integral partner over the last 25 years, building on a foundation of trust, honor and integrity to make our vision a reality.”

~ Steve Leonard, MMBA, FACHE
Peninsula Regional Health System
Peninsula Regional Medical Center

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