Baylor Scott & White Health and Canine Companions for Independence secured th+a architects to design the first Canine Companions training center in Texas. Located in Irving, the facility is CCI's sixth training center in the country, allowing the organization to provide more highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to people with physical and developmental disabilities.
The facility is designed in harmony with the tree-dotted site, nestled within a natural landscape adjacent to Baylor Medical Center at Irving. The campus comprises an administration building, training center, and living quarters for clients and kennels, which will be developed in phases. The buildings are formed by materials that enhance the natural surroundings including wood, glass and Texas limestone.
The training center will be a calming, revitalizing environment and an ideal setting for acclimating clients with their canine companions.
Completed in 2015, the first phase of the campus development includes eight dormitory rooms and 24 kennels. The training center began operation Fall 2015, with the overall objective of developing a campus capable of graduating approximately 60 teams per year.