Sedgwick County Zoo EntranceLocation: Wichita, KS Owner: Sedgwick County Architect: GLMV Architecture
In partnership with GLMV Architecture, Eby Construction started building Sedgwick County Zoo’s new entrance in the Fall of 2020 and was completed in May 2021, which was also the 50th anniversary of the zoo. The new complex includes a gift shop, ticket booth and administrative offices, and replaced the existing 40-year-old entrance. A temporary entrance was put in place to be used throughout the construction process, and attendees entered the zoo through an opening in the children’s farm area until completion.
The new entry has two separate buildings, one for a gift shop and another for ticket sales, memberships and second-floor office space. The new building for tickets, membership and administration also houses security, first aid and a board room for meetings. This area replaced the current administrative building off Zoo Boulevard that was once used for storage before the zoo opened. The new gift shop, where guests now exit the zoo, has a kennel space where guests can leave their dogs during their visit.
To alleviate wait times, the new entryway has a two-part ticketing system. Guests who have a membership card or a ticket on their phone can head straight to the admission gate, while guests who need to purchase tickets can line up at the booth adjacent to the main entrance.