Project at a Glance
Client: Philadelphia Zoo – Treetop Trail
Architect: CLR Design
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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 the 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 more recently completed Great Ape Trail are part of the Zoo’s cutting edge animal campus travel and exploration network. W.H. Myers Construction Co. also completed an additional phase to this project, with a slated completion date of Spring 2013, which included a 1,000 foot long expansion of the initial Treetop Trail flexible mesh chute.