HVAC IMPROVEMENTS AT THE SHELLY BUILDING,
IMPALA CAFÉ AND BEAR COUNTRY
PHILADELPHIA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
3400 West Girard Avenue
CPO PROJECT #71-01-4265-02
Client/Owner: City Of Philadelphia, Capital Program Office/Philadelphia Zoological Society
Prime Consultant and Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Schiller and Hersh Associates, Inc.
General Physical Characteristics – Design of the replacement of the ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems for the Impala Café, Shelly Building and Bear Country. Replacement of existing electrical substation in Bear Country.
Special Features, Accomplishments or Problems – The project required coordination with the Zoo to minimize disruption to the bears housed in Bear Country. There was also a need to coordinate with two other projects being constructed in bear country during the same period. In Impala Café, it was necessary to both coordinate with the design and installation of the “Wild Earth Exhibit” and make design modifications to accommodate it. Due to budget constraints, the Shelly Building improvements were not constructed. In Bear Country, due to storage of water purification chemicals, special attention was required for equipment placement. Also, all HVAC design was required to comply with strict temperature and humidity requirements outlined by the Zoo staff and state & federal guidelines.
Construction Value – $450,000
Specific Services Provided – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Dates of Services – Design began in 2002 and construction was completed in 2005.