Assiniboine Park Conservancy is super pumped about the newest exhibit they are working on at the zoo. It’s a multi million dollar polar bear exhibit which will catapult our zoo into international status. As well as all the rock work, landscaping and things, a viewing restaurant was also part of the project. We were lucky enough to be part of this part of the puzzle. 2 years ago, Number 10 architecture firm asked us to help design a bullet proof flooring system for the restraint- The Tundra Grill. Tundra Grill is to be a rentable facility which overlooks the polar bear habitat and is a wonderful open space found deep in the heart of the zoo. Grinding and polishing was our choice- with stained portions to accent and mimic the rock work found outside. We were very excited to start the job!
Those crazy guys at the conservatory….Chris called wanted us to give him a hand with a new look they were going for. As you may (or may not) know, the conservatory has been rocking this Mayan theme in on of its indoor sections. Well, they are planning on building a new facility in the next few years- but the cool thing is they aren’t just going to sit on the stuff they have. They plan on changing things up and delivering current themes for folks to enjoy right up to demolition day.
Our help was required in the turtle pool area- no, not the green plastic pool we all as kids swam in. This pond is made of rock and is too high. People would climb on the rock to see the little critters and the staff was worried someone was going to take a header into the water. So they are reno’ing the pond lower. While they are doing that, we built an old ruin wall as a back drop. We ran water leads out of the wall for water to weep out of and stream towards the pond- very cool. The idea is to make this look like the wall is 2000 years old and the water is carving a path out of the wall and along jungle floor. Like all their stuff- should be fantastic! Check this out:
I promise to post some pictures of this dealio once it’s finished off. Mostly because I really want to see it once it’s finished off!!
we relocated the Asper fountain to the English Gardens at the Assinaboine Park Zoo. Â We poured a cool beam in this here old pond, then mortared the old fountain back into place….We’re just waiting for more parts to arrive from Florida and we’ll complete the fountain section- very cool indeed!
Recently I strolled through the new Toucan Ridge building we worked on last winter at this time- just to see how everything was looking. Nice to see the plants had a chance to grow in and Â all the water ways are flowing and growing algae. Â The Ocelot is finally home and getting used to his house. Â That place Â is just looking better and better. Â Still super pumped on that work and my guys. Â FYI, this job won an honourable mention for Concrete Construction’s: Job of the Year- and finished first under the heading Theme Park- Â and that, is awesome.
here’s a few shots from the get together we had recently in our shop for those involved in the zoo project we’re working on. Â You’ll see some rock samples, interesting tables, furniture, benches, water features, our new security guard Tony, various blah blah blah stuff, and stuff like that there…. yeah.