Philadelphia Zoo Treetop Trail

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Philadelphia Zoo Treetop Trail

Project Information
Project at a Glance
  Client: Philadelphia Zoo Treetop Trail
Architect: CLR Design
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Project Description
 

In the Fall of 2010, W.H. Myers Construction Co. was selected by the Philadelphia Zoo to manage and construct the initial phase of an innovative exhibit called Treetop Trail. This elevated animal travel system is a 700 foot long mesh chute that allows monkeys and lemurs to leave their indoor exhibits and travel long distances to interact in the outdoors with Zoo staff and visitors. Completed in the Summer of 2011, the chute system is supported by fabricated steel posts that are anchored on drilled concrete footings up to 22 feet deep. The system also includes two mesh "play nodes" that are supported from the largest trees. Careful coordination with the Zoo was paramount to the successful completion of this project since disruptions to the Zoo's operations needed to be minimized.

This project and the recently completed Great Ape Trail are part of the Zoo's cutting edge campus travel and exploration network. W.H. Myers Construction Co. is currently constructing the next phase of this network which includes a 1,000 foot long expansion of the initial Treetop Trail flexible mesh chute. Completion is slated for Spring of 2013.