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You’re invited on a virtual tour of Camp Cowabunga with Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center director, Brendan Wiley. What began as an idea to create a museum honoring Topeka Zoo’s beloved previous director Gary K. Clarke’s many African adventures and artifacts became much more than that; it became a unique and immersive experience into the middle of a real safari camp enveloped by African wildlife. Completely surrounded by animals, guests can enjoy a “sundowner” by the campfire, come eye-to-eye with African lions, and adventure with patas monkeys from the front seat of a Land Rover.
We’re celebrating our incredible partners at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens for receiving the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 2021 Significant Achievement Award for their Australian Adventures Habitat! As part of an ongoing master plan, GLMV provided architectural, landscape architectural and site planning services throughout this project.
With public campuses, a web of staff and audiences, and diverse animal residents and habitats, Zoos and Aquariums are complex facilities. Even so, our industry can infuse new ideas and innovations by taking inspiration from related facilities such as sports stadiums and convention centers. A special thank you to Russ Simmons and Mike Wooley of Venue Solutions Group for engaging in this conversation.
Dollars are hard to come by in Zoos, making it critical to stretch each one as far as possible. Doing so requires an understanding of the current market cost of goods and services, a partnership with your architect and general contractor, and navigating construction methodology. A clear project scope, estimating an accurate timeline, and avoiding changes when possible are the simplest ways to control costs and avoid spiraling.
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