opsis architecture

The Oregon Zoo consistently attracts more than 1.6 million visitors per year and has more than 42,000 member households, giving it a unique platform for broad-based community education. The new Education Center will support the Zoo’s mission to inspire the community to respect animals and act on behalf of the natural world. The new 20,000 sf Education Center is focused on educating the public on how to live sustainably with natural systems and habitats for the health of life. The central theme of “Small Things Matter” will guide the visitor through interactive exhibits that demonstrate how each individuals daily actions can make a difference in leaving a healthy planet legacy. A key feature will be a new Back Yard Habitat where volunteer Master Gardeners and Zoo Teen volunteers will demonstrate sustainable landscape concepts, habitat recovery and enhancement through simple homeowner strategies. The building is being designed for Net Zero energy with an extensive roof top solar array and a rainwater system that will serve the large restrooms that serve the west side of the Zoo. The Education Center will house the staff offices, six classrooms, an environmental science classroom lab, and outdoor nature learning and play spaces. A large dividable multi-purpose meeting room will serve the zoo Partners for community meetings and events focused on environmental health.

Stats

  • Estimated Completion: December 2016
  • Size: 20,000 sf

Awards

  • 2017 DJC Top Projects, 3rd Place Public Project
  • 2017 DJC Top Projects, Public Project People's Choice
  • 2017 DJC TopProjects, Energy Trust of Oregon High Performance Building Awards, New Construction Winner

Demonstrated Experience

  • Education Center
  • Sustainablity
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center

Stats

  • Estimated Completion: December 2016
  • Size: 20,000 sf

Awards

  • 2017 DJC Top Projects, 3rd Place Public Project
  • 2017 DJC Top Projects, Public Project People's Choice
  • 2017 DJC TopProjects, Energy Trust of Oregon High Performance Building Awards, New Construction Winner

Demonstrated Experience

  • Education Center
  • Sustainablity
 
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center
  • Oregon Zoo Education Center