By Janine Sutton
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is in the midst of construction on the LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center (LWAC), a new facility that will house the Zoo’s tractable animal collection including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Completion is anticipated by the end of summer 2012.
The building has taken shape over the last couple of weeks. The building envelope is complete, the interior is fully framed, and the gypsum wallboard is being hung.
The Kalwall roofing, translucent panels that maximize natural light, is installed over the South Wing.
The North Wing is nearing completion. The workers are securing the Kalwall panels to the structure below.
The VIP guest and donor entrance and “meet and greet” area is waiting installation of floor-to-ceiling glass storefront system. This room will allow visitors to interact with the animals in an intimate setting.
Following its anticipated completion, LWAC will attain a LEED Silver Certification.