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Kiewit construction was awarded the Henry Doorly Zoo Improvement contract that consisted of many updates and new attractions.  The improvements JM2 had the opportunity to be a part were the African Grasslands, Alaskan Adventure, and the North Gates.  

The largest improvement was the addition of the African Grassland Exhibit; this was a $73 million-dollar project that spans 28 acres.  It is the largest project undertaken in the Zoo’s history and completely transformed the eastern boundary.   It was designed to provide the guest with panoramic views of the grasslands and wildlife with the use of minimal visual barriers.  JM2 had work in 20 of the 25 new structures that included decorative stonework in the African Lodge, partition CMU in each of the animal’s keeper’s quarters, and structural CMU in the restrooms and Cat habitats.  This improvement proved the most difficult to complete with the park remaining open during the work, and the tight schedules.

The second Improvement was the Alaskan Adventure; this attraction was an accelerated $14 million-dollar project that created a 12,000 sf children’s splash park and water feature.  It consisted of 75 bronze sculptures and computerized spray nozzles that are posed to mimic the actions the animals make in the wild.  JM2 installed a radiused limestone wall that held 30 jumping salmon and a dedication wall that held the donor’s plaques and surrounded a statue of one of the zoo’s largest donors.

The third and final Improvement was the North Gates;  this moved the old north entrance to allow the expansion of the new Education building.  It consisted of a partial CMU structure with a thin stone veneer that matched the main entrance.

In all JM2 installed 37,500 CMU, 166 yards of grout, 4500 SF of stone, and 333 LF of precast caps that took a total of 9,118 man hours covering 21 months.  Hats off to the crews for the hard work they put in to complete these high profile projects.

Henry Doorly Zoo Renovations..

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