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PRIMATE RESERVE AT THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO

Size24,000 SF
LocationPhiladelphia, PA
OwnerZoological Society of Philadelphia

The Primate Reserve was designed to give the appearance of an abandoned logging mill in the tropics reclaimed by conservationists and primates. The complexity of the building systems and building structure would have been difficult in and of themselves. But the need to maximize the exhibit draw during the peak months at the Zoo greatly constrained the schedule. It was vital that the animals occupy the building in stages for quarantine purposes, resulting in a two-month reduction in construction time. The project was further complicated by the requirement for public safety during construction, as construction traffic and public pedestrian traffic often intersected.

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