Helping Hands Humane Society

Helping Hands Humane Society


  • Extensive Renovation
  • State of the art Animal Facility
  • Extensive HVAC
  • Surgical / Medical Suites
  • Cute Pets – Go Adopt One!


After 75 years at their North Topeka facility, Helping Hands Humane Society had outgrown their building.  Being an avid supporter of the shelter for many years, HHHS reached out to us to provide preconstruction and construction services early on in the project development process. We worked with Martha Seng of Jackson & Ryan, world renown for her animal shelter work, on limited designs and renderings for HHHS to use for fundraising.

Subsequently, the HHHS Foundation was contacted about a vacant grocery store at 21st and I-470. After several months of negotiations, HHHS purchased the building. We then worked with a local architect to review Seng’s designs, capture the original design elements, and incorporate them into the footprint of the grocery store. Senne and HHHS were true partners on the project.

HHHS had a budget, and Senne took the lead on working with the architect to maximize value – engineering, constructability evaluations, developing subcontractor trade packages, qualifying subcontractors, and contracting directly with subcontractors. Near the end of preconstruction work, we presented HHHS with a guaranteed maximum price, HHHS accepted, and we proceeded with construction. During the construction phase, we acted as the General Contractors on the project and managed the improvements on the 51,500 sq.ft. building. Major scopes of work included demolition of the existing concrete floor slab, extensive underfloor utilities including stainless steel troughs in the dog kennels, new concrete slab, interior finishes, exterior renovations, and specialty installations including dog kennels, cat colonies, Hotsy cleaning systems, and major HVAC equipment upgrades. HHHS has since engaged Senne for additional projects, including an in-house training facility and vet clinic.

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