The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, one of the largest tourism destinations in the region, just broke ground on its largest attraction to date.
The Cincinnati Zoo on June 15 broke ground on the Elephant Trek, a $50 million, 5-acre habitat for the Zoo’s elephants, which will be more than five times the size of its current home for the pachyderms. The Elephant Trek is slated to open to the public in 2024, a year ahead of schedule, due to the cancelation of a planned parking garage at the Zoo.
The Zoo is serving as the general contractor on the Elephant Trek project, with Gregory Gates Architects. Other partners include IBI Engineering as Civil Engineer, Schaefer Engineering as structural engineer, Motz Engineering as as mechanical engineer, Geotechnologies as geotechnical engineer, Satchell Engineering is handling life support, Terrex Development is preconstruction partner, Jostin Construction is workforce development partner, BC&E Engineering helped with LEED accreditation and Waibel with building automation.