The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary honors the memory of six-year-old Catherine Hubbard who lost her life during the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings on this day in 2012. The 34-acre site in Newtown, CT is dedicated to promoting the bond between animals, humans, and the environment by offering hands-on educational programming, animal care facilities, and gathering spaces.
e2 supports this organization on a pro-bono basis. Since 2016, we have provided structural engineering services to the Sanctuary as they rehabilitated a barn, evaluated an access bridge, and designed a dry-laid stone masonry retaining wall to support a pollinator garden. Now, in continued partnership with PH Architects, design is in progress for the Animal Sanctuary and Veterinary Building.
The Animal Sanctuary and Veterinary Building is being designed toward achieving Living Building Certification with the International Living Future Institute. It will incorporate sustainable design elements such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor systems and pozzolan-heavy, green concrete, in an effort to generate 105% of its energy requirements and meet the Institute’s criteria in 7 categories: Place, Water, Energy, Health + Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty.