The A.H. Meadows Animal Health Care Facility was designed by Oglesby-Greene Inc, to provide state of the art health care and research for the Zoo's population.
The 15,000 sf structure is positioned to fit the site by nestling along the curving base of a wooded hillside. The majority of the building sits atop an existing 30' wide cleared utility easement to minimize tree removal and to link existing service roads at each end.
Due to this sensitive site response, the facility becomes a sedate setting for the animal patients. The animal treatment area is clerestoried, as it is the center of activity and operation. Emerging from this area is a trellised pedestrian pathway for staff and visitors, which provides a future connection to the master planned Savannah exhibit.
Materials were chosen that recede, endure and establish a base for future facilities within this master planned area. Materials include native sandstone/fieldstone, flat seamed zinc coated sheet metal, green tinted glass, cedar trellising, cement fiber panels, cmu, and poured-in-place concrete.
This Asian Small-Clawed Otter Exhibit is the result of the largest single donation to the
The exhibit is designed to compliment the adjacent Asian Tiger Exhibit and to enhance the Asian area within the Zoo grounds. Themed structures are true to the architecture of northern Thailand. Components of the exhibit included underwater viewing, visitor shade structure for educational use and holding for one breeding pair and a bachelor group of five otters. This shallow exhibit is designed to achieve up-close observation of a smaller animal in a recreation of its natural habitat. The exhibit includes a view window into an outdoor otter den and accompanying interpretive graphics about otter habitats and conservation.