Brookfield Zoo, Seven Seas Amphitheater


Seven Seas Amphitheater

Forest Preserve District of Cook County / Brookfield, Illinois

Project Scope

Extensive renovation of existing amphitheater including the restoration of the building envelope, architectural building upgrades, restoration of the dolphin pools and upgrades to the mechanical systems. 


Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513


Amy Schoenfeld-Lofgren
Planning & Facilities
Administrative Manager

The Featherstone Difference

The President of the Chicago Botanic Garden recommended Featherstone to the Brookfield Zoo, because “his approach works when you’ve got money to spend on a deadline.” During feasibility planning, Featherstone partnered with Primera to expedite the upgrades with a design build approach, to bring the back-of-house areas into compliance. Time and competing interests for grant dollars were the key issues in stewarding the use of funds, within the grant parameters. Featherstone’s expertise successfully advocated for critical infrastructure improvements to the holding pools and night-time enclosures. Featherstone met with Animal Welfare experts to design and construct areas for cats, bears, hippos, and dolphins. Cost opinions were confidently budgeted for improving the water quality of the splash and waterfall areas and recommissioning of the air filtration and exhaust systems for both the Fragile Kingdom Building and Seven Seas Amphitheater. Speedtomarket coordination, combined with reliable budgets and schedules, allowed the Zoo to improve the environmental quality for both the animals and its thousands of daily visitors.   

Category: Design Build

Budget: $3,200,000

Featherstone managed the preliminary design, budgeting and value engineering for the
proposed improvements.

– Amy Schoenfeld-Lofgren
Chicago Zoological Society

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