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Pepper Construction to give Cincinnati Zoo animals ‘more home to roam'

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has picked Pepper Construction as its general contracting partner for its ‘More Home to Roam’ master plan.

Black rhinos will have 'more home to roam' Above: Black rhinos will have 'more home to roam'

The work is aimed at transforming the zoo experience for animals and visitors alike.

Construction of the first project, a new Entry Village, is set to begin next month with completion in 2020. The Entry Village will feature 10 new ticket windows and additional queuing space to streamline entry into the zoo. Other amenities will include more family-style restrooms and more storage space for strollers and wheelchairs, as well as a calming room for guests with developmental disabilities.

Implementation of the master plan will also introduce a shared space where visitors can interact with kangaroos, a new home for little blue penguins with underwater viewing for guests, an adventure ropes course and a parking garage. There will be ‘More Home to Roam’ for black rhinos and polar bears, a new, nature-based play area and five times more space for elephants.

As part of the plan, the zoo is taking its stormwater management program to the next level to drive down non-potable water use to zero. The zoo plans to divert the water out of the city’s combined sewer system by capturing 100% of the stormwater and reusing it in the habitats. The zoo will also focus on achieving net-zero energy use by driving efficiencies throughout the existing systems and pursuing energy options including solar, wind and biomass. With proper organic waste management, the zoo will strive to become a net-zero-waste facility.

 

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This article was published on 17 Sep 2018 (last updated on 17 Sep 2018).

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