KidsZoo at the Philadelphia Zoo

The KidZoo is the new home for the Children’s Zoo at the Philadelphia Zoo. This is the first LEED Certified building on the campus. The project scope included a renovation of the existing Pachyderm House (built in 1939), and new stables and restroom buildings. The exhibits focus on environmental education and help inform visitors about environmental stewardship and natural ecosystems. High clerestory windows bring daylight into the exhibit and animal housing areas. Light sensors keep the electric lighting off during the day. High efficacy metal halide lamps with an efficacy of over 100 lumens per watt, and LED sources provide energy efficient, long life lighting equipment that accents the exhibits. The exterior lighting uses 3000K LED sources to create a warm and inviting night time environment.

Electric Lighting & Daylighting Design: David Nelson & Associates
Architect: SMP Architects
Project Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Project Size: 15,000 square feet
Year Project Completed: 2013
Owner: Philadephia Zoo
Contact: David Ade, AIA, Principal
All images © 2013 SMP