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Milwaukee County Zoo Adventure Africa Elephant Exhibit | Milwaukee, WI

OWNER IN CHARGE

Milwaukee County Zoo Adventure Africa Elephant Exhibit 1
Chad Bathke
Chief Operating Officer
PROJECT DETAILS
  • Cost: $16,600,000
  • New construction
  • 20,000 square foot elephant care center
  • 1.6 acre outdoor habitat
  • Watering hole and feeding and enrichment walls
  • Demonstration pavilion with shaded visitor seating area
  • Renovations to hoofstock building in order to house zebras, bongos, impalas and duikers
EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS

VJS carpenters battled through cutting shiplap pieces of Ipe, one of the strongest woods in the world, for the exterior of the elephant barn building. This wood has been known to last well over 75 years and is very low maintenance.

Many of the doors in the hoofstock building open via a pulley system so that the zookeepers never have to be in the same containment unit as an animal. It was estimated that approximately 7,360 bolt holes had to be pre-drilled through the 1/4″ containment walls and 3/16″ containment angles in order to be able to hang all the 2×6’s that VJS carpenters installed.

OWNER IN CHARGE

Chad Bathke
Chief Operating Officer

“With the assignment of the team that we had, they, from the beginning, had been just so involved, so efficient and really interested in making sure this was going to be a real treasure for the whole community."

Chuck Wikenhauser, Zoo Director
Milwaukee County Zoo

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