Zoo Atlanta, Grand New View — Entry Plaza, African Savanna, Zambezi Elephant Center

Project Description

Zoo Atlanta’s Grand New View includes a new 60,000 SF Grand Entry Plaza, which serves both zoo-goers and Savanna Hall attendees; the 4.6-acre African Savanna, which includes new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, and meerkats; and the Zambezi Elephant Center: a three-story, state-of-the-art, indoor component of the elephant habitat that opened in summer 2019.

Entry Plaza Scope of Services

  • Demolition of the existing 10,000 SF administration building replaced with new, historically-reminiscent paving patterns and plantings
  • Renovations and modernization to the ticketing pavilion and existing security building

African Savanna Scope of Services

  • Conversion of the former Grant Park Cyclorama building into a new mixed-use facility that houses an events facility, a specialty kitchen, and new space for the administrative offices
  • Three-acre African Savanna transformation

Zambezi Elephant Center Scope of Services

  • Stalls and care team support spaces for up to seven elephants, including provisions for male elephants
  • Life-support system equipment for the habitat’s water features and care team administrative offices with a keeper overlook inside the facility
  • Full building sprinkler coverage, MEP systems include the filtration equipment for the multiple water features in the elephant habitats, and fire protection system covers the chemical storage and use rooms for the filtration equipment
  • Designed to comply with the 2013 edition of NFPA 150 (Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities), which is newly implemented in the City of Atlanta

Photography by Jason Buch.

Project Details

Atlanta, GA

Dates of Service:

60,000 SF Entry Plaza; 4.6-acre African Savanna; 21,115 SF Zambezi Elephant Center

Services Performed

Architecture & Interior Design
Zoo Design
Sustainability Consulting

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