San Diego Botanic Garden - Dickinson Family Education Conservatory
Phase II of the original Children's Garden addition will include an impressive 9,300 sq ft education conservatory and a splendid outdoor Amphitheater. The conservatory boasts an elegant glass and metal design, with an adjustable open air roof system, features tropical "chandeliers" that can be raised to form a canopy or lowered to eye level viewing, will provide a demonstration and catering kitchen, and uses state-of-the-art audio/video equipment. The Amphitheater will seat 200 guests with outdoor lighting, a stage, and views the beautiful Hamilton Children's Garden area.
Project Info: Project is in completion of Design Phase.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Tull Family Tiger Trail A beautiful 5.2 acre exhibit designed to provide natural habitats with multiple viewing areas for the Safari Park's six Sumatran Tiger residents. The exhibit includes three seperate tiger yards each with multiple up close viewing areas, a cascading waterfall and grotto area, a 4,300 gallon pool with an underwater viewing area, a Pondok Hut structure for, a 9,000 sqft Longhouse that includes a demonstration mesh wall for trainers to interact with tigers in public view, a restroom area, and gift shop, and a children's playground area.
Experience: Although the visitor viewing areas provide many face to face experiences with the majesty and beauty of the Sumatran Tigers on land and in water, this exhibit was first and foremost designed as an educational journey. The visitors begin their journey through the forest of Indonesia by following the Log Walk which not only provides the first viewing areas for the tigers but begins to educate on the negative effects of the logging industry on tiger habitats. Next the visitor enters a small hut structure, or Pondok, which was fashioned to replicate a market stand in Indonesia where wildlife products obtained by poaching may be sold. Then the visitor will wander to the Sambutan Longhouse, a wooden structure with a steap peaked roof, which would typically serve as a community gathering place where art pieces are on display. The visitor can then walk underneath the exhibit's cascading waterfall and watch the tigers in the grotto below.
Unique Aspect: Sustainability was an important aspect and a priority for this project with many of the existing site materials being re-used in creative ways.
Project Cost: $19.5 Million Completed on Budget and on Schedule
Awards: Nominated for 2014 Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for Architecture
San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Demonstration Wetlands
A 2 acre demonstration wetland system that provides an enhanced wetlands habitat and acts as an educational component to enhance visitor experience. The project included demolition, minor grading and drainage, fences and gates, concrete foundations, site electrical, pond construction, irrigation, and planting.
Unique Aspect: The demonstration wetland system was designed to improve water quality within the park through natural biological filtration while simultaneously decreasing park water consumption
Project Cost: $700,000 - completed on budget and on Schedule
Wild Animal Park - Journey Into Africa Tour Expansion
To enrich the visitors guided informational tour with the addition of up close natural views of a flock of Flamingos with nesting grounds, a new mammal marsh with water feature for a variety of hoofed animals, a hillside exhibit for the Somali Wild Ass and Barbary Sheep, and a natural bird exhibit with water feature and plenty of scrub for scavengers.
Project Cost: $2.2 Million - Completed Under Budget and on Schedule
San Diego Botanic Garden - Hamilton Children's Garden Phase I
To grow San Diego Botanic Garden by constructing a unique Children's Garden expanding onto 4.5 acres of undeveloped land. The Children's Garden is abundant in educational opportunities, nature exhibits, decks, water features, green roofs, revenue generating opportunities etc. and is intended to provide nurturing experiences for children and adults alike through the exploration of nature while substantially increasing garden membership and revenue.
Unique aspect: Construction of a 30' tall concrete ficus tree that successfully incorporates living branches to create a one of a kind fun and educational ADA accessible treehouse as the centerpiece of the children's garden.
Project cost: $4 Million - Phase I Completed on Budget and on Schedule
Awards: 2009 Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for Landscape Architecture
American Society of Landscape Architects San Diego Chapter 2009 Honor Award
Finalist for 2009 Intelligent Use of Water Leadership Award from Rain Bird
Conservation is a key concept throughout this complex, informative, and interactive exhibit. Displayed in a massive 5 acre area are multiple habitats and features to showcase a spacious new elephant habitat. The habitat includes several pools, multi-functional shade structures, and a state of the art Elephant Care Center open to public viewing.
Experience: The visitor begins their educational journey by exploring prehistoric fossils, a replica of nearby tar pits, and a special exhibit containing life-size statues of extinct animals adjacent to their closest living counterparts such as lions, jaguars, and sloths. The Elephant Odyssey also features a streamside habitat, bird enclosure, reptile viewing, outdoor cafe, gift shops, themed playground, and finishes with a stunning showcase of the Zoo's successful breeding program for the near extinct California Condor.
Unique Aspect: Due to impact on neighboring areas, it was not possible to work at night . All work had to be completed at an accelerated pace and with high priority given to minimizing the impact to daily Zoo visitor traffic.
Project Cost: $50 Million - Completed on Budget and on Schedule
Awards: 2010 People's Choice Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for Landscape Architecture
A multi-functional two story structure providing two elevators to allow convenient ADA access to upper and lower level Wild Animal Park exhibits as well as increase revenue generating opportunities from an added gift shop, snack bar, telescope viewing into open air Africa field exhibits, and providing a unique space for special event hosting. A misting system was added to improve guest experience during summer attendance.
Unique Aspect: Project was located at a major intersection of the park with a high traffic area. An entire portion of the project was added with no increase in schedule. Due to the elevator loading and unloading on opposite sides it was not possible to maintain air-conditioning in the elevator cabs so the entire elevator shaft was air-conditioned to provide a comfortable guest experience.
San Diego Wild Animal Park - Journey Into Africa - Tour
Guest board an open-sided, soft wheeled tour vehicle inspired by the legendary safari trains of Africa to experience a 25 minute, 2.5 mile close-up view of the Large African Field Exhibits. The guided educational tour takes guest through desert, veldt, forest and mountain habitats showcasing curious giraffes, massive rhinos, majestic gazelles and many many other species that inhabit different regions in Africa. On-lookers are allowed first hand views of African animals interacting as they would in their natural environments.
Large scale residence grading and re-vegetation project to ensure property is in accordance with environmental regulations. Included addition of infinity pool, intricate shotcrete work to add boulderscape, and pond with exotic fish for viewing.
San Diego Botanic Garden - Lawn House Garden Improvements
A 2,600 sf water wise garden area designed to showcase examples of ways water conservation can be easily and cost effectively implemented. It is also designed to create a usable space for events such as weddings and corporate outings. Garden provides 3 areas consisting of 800 sf of planters, 1,300 sf of permeable pavers, 500 sf of synthetic lawn, 500 sf of garden and retaining wall, and 200 lf of wood and ornamental iron fencing.
Project Cost: $57,000 - completed on Budget and on Schedule