Open in 2012, this new $9.4 million, 15,500 sf facility met a critical need for a healing space for zoo animals providing a well-lit, flexible, and efficient examination, x-ray, surgery, and office space for the Zoo’s veterinary staff. The building received LEED Silver certification.
Building design focused on providing a facility which could deal with a very large variety of animal sizes and requirements; from butterflies to elephants. The design team, veterinary staff and Zoo representatives worked closely to address these varied requirements and provided spaces which minimize movement of the animals in order to keep them calm, reducing their stress and promoting healing using responsible and durable architectural finishes.
A special tribute to the mission of the hospital is found in the commissioned artwork that is incorporated into the design and materials of the public areas. CZDS had the pleasure of working closely with Margaret Kuhn, who was responsible for the tile mosaic located at the entry, to ensure that the surrounding floor material and general color scheme of the space complemented her dynamic designs.
Architect: PSE Architects
Photography: Steve Smiley