PDZA ANIMAL HEALTH CARE FACILITY

PDZA ANIMAL HEALTH CARE FACILITY

TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Featured in the 2002 What Makes it Green? and Ten Shades of Green conferences

Sustainable goals were identified by the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Boxwood prior to beginning the design process of this sustainable and highly technical building.  The building form integrates the structure into the park in which it is located with a sweeping green roof sloping into the hillside.  The use of natural light and ventilation creates comfortable and healthy environments for animals and staff.  The building is considered an “off-exhibit exhibit” by the zoo, and tours will be given of the facility with the sustainable elements as an educational component.  Researching costs thoroughly, balancing decisions, and securing donations helped to ensure that sustainable elements would be realistically incorporated. 

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