Zoos

The following are recent projects we worked on associated with zoos. To see other industries, please click the navigation to the right. For more information, please contact us!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Location | Orlando, Florida
Owner | Walt Disney Imagineering
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This 570 acre site development project is Disney World's largest theme park. This project required 2.4 million cubic yards of excavation and 3 million cubic yards of embankment fill to construct berms, roads, lakes and a manmade river. More than 320,000 linear feet of pipe installation and nearly all underground work was below the water table. Over 100,000 linear feet of storm drains ranging from 90" to 12" were installed up to 28' in depth. An additional 130,000 linear feet of underground process piping was installed for 11 animal water treatment stations, fire lines, reuse water and potable water. The remaining 90,000 linear feet was small diameter special effect piping, medium pressure gas, hydraulic lines and above ground process pipe. The river contains 4,800 linear feet of concrete retaining walls, 500 cubic yards of shotcrete slope protection and five themed bridges. 

Sedgwick County Zoo Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley
Location | Wichita, KS
Owner | Sedgwick County Zoo
Architect | GLMV Zoos
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At just more than five acres, the new Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley Exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo features two yards for people to see the elephants. The south yard includes elephant access to the boat ride canal and a water cannon for zookeepers to give elephant-sized baths. The north yard includes a waterfall feature and wading pool for the elephants. There are also two off-exhibit yards, an elephant indoor facility, covered pavilion, concessions building and shaded amphitheater.
The indoor facility is one of the premier holding buildings for elephants in the country. This state-of-the-art building holds up to nine elephants. It includes multiple elephant rooms with dirt flooring, guest visiting area, a keeper kitchen and keeper office areas. The facility also features an Elephant Restraint Device, which rotates the animals for medical examinations.
The Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley Exhibit is the third largest elephant habitat in the country. The exhibit’s pool is the world’s largest elephant pool at 550,000 gallons and is also the first in the world to feature boat rides in the same water as the elephants.

Sedgwick County Zoo Jungle Roof Replacement
Location | Wichita, Kansas
Owner | Sedgwick County Zoo
Architect | GLMV Architecture
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The original Jungle Building at the Sedgwick County Zoo was built by Eby in 1976. The existing Kalwall and structural skylight system was removed and replaced with a new galvanized structural steel frame and hi-tech Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) foil cushion roof system. The Sedgwick County Zoo is only the second zoo in the U.S. to have this amazing system; Buffalo, NY being the first. The roofing system allows a tremendous amount of additional light and UV into the building which is healthier for the plants, trees and animals. Previously, the exhibit registered at 49 foot-candles of light. After completion, the exhibit registered at 4,000 foot-candles, over 80 times brighter than the original roof. The staff have also reported seeing various fruits growing from plants which have never bloomed before.