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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. Recently honored with an AIA COTE Top Ten award, the LEED Platinum 20,000 sf Education Center educates the public on how to live sustainably with natural systems and habitats for the health of life. Built with Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, the Education Center includes a wide variety of sustainable design features, including an extensive rooftop solar array, rain gardens that capture and clean stormwater before releasing it to the Willamette River or providing it for use in nearby restrooms, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems, radiant floor heating, and bird-friendly lighting and fritted glass windows.

A key feature is a Back Yard Habitat, where volunteer Master Gardeners and Zoo Teen volunteers demonstrate sustainable landscape concepts and habitat recovery and enhancement through simple homeowner strategies. The Habitat was built with wood salvaged from the Zoo’s decommissioned Elephant Museum Building and pavers salvaged from the Elephant Plaza Picnic Area. Working with specialized exhibit designers and an entomologist, our team worked to create an engaging experience—advancing the highest level of animal welfare, environmental literacy, and conservation science.

The Education Center houses staff offices, six classrooms, an environmental science classroom lab, and outdoor nature learning and play spaces. A large dividable multi-purpose meeting room serves the Zoo partners for community meetings and events focused on environmental health. The West Plaza is a primary guest gathering space, integrated with the Education Center, and demonstrates native planting and stormwater bioswales.

Stats

  • 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
  • 2018 AIA 2030 Challenge Award
  • 2019 AIA COTE Top Ten Award

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

  • 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
  • 2018 AIA 2030 Challenge Award
  • 2019 AIA COTE Top Ten Award

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