Renovation of the existing animal life safety systems, animal holding area, air and water quality improvements, architectural and exhibit rock repair. Featherstone managed the preliminary design, budgeting, and value engineering for the proposed improvements.
Chicago Zoological Society
Ms. Amy Schoenfeld-Lofgren, Planning & Facilities
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
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. Speed–to–market 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