The Toledo Zoo - Lion Viewing Roof Replacement
The lion viewing area at the Toledo Zoo is an open air enclosure with a roof to help protect visitors from the elements. Over the years, the roof and its structure has been weathered and deteriorated, thus giving it an older and more decrepit appearance. Since the lions are one of the main attractions at any zoo, the roof of this viewing area needed to be replaced with something that would keep all visitors and animals safe as well as be aesthetically pleasing.
Service Provided to the Client:
The client wanted to replace the roof but to leave the current design the same. Most of the roof materials and structure were replaced but some items were reused when possible. The most important aspect was to keep all surrounding animals safe during the construction phase. Providing temporary protection and shoring of the remaining walls and gunite kopje were also an absolute must.
Unique Design Solutions:
One of the major goals of this project was to make all materials and processes as 'green' as possible. This started with the demolition phase and continued throughout until the final finishes and clean up. Examples of this includes all demolished materials were recycled when possible, materials were shipped from local companies when possible, the paints and stains contained no VOCs, beams were manufactured from sustainable forests, and the roof membrane was energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Square Footage: +/- 755