How do you take an existing 2-acre space with 40 feet of elevation change and make it universally accessible? With a lot of creative questions. The GLMV team opted to work with the grade change, rather than against it. We wove an accessible path across the site and used the existing topography to communicate the broad range of Asian animals on a relatively small site.
First, guests arrive at a gateway to the red panda of Nepal. They then move to the native huts of Cambodia, where they find a brand-new primate species, gibbons. And finally, they discover an expanded Sumatran tiger exhibit (which, through thoughtful planning, has been increased by 10,000 square feet). The habitats have been designed to have 24-hour access by the animals.
Animal care was a primary concern for our client, so all indoor holding was replaced with state-of-the art facilities that exceed accreditation standards by 25 percent. Sustainability and education were also top priorities in this $7.9 million project, which was designed to achieve LEED v4 Certification.
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