One of the country’s most state-of-the-art great ape exhibits, the Regenstein Center for African Apes is home to endangered species of gorillas and chimpanzees, who live in natural indoor and outdoor exhibits. WSP USA provided structural engineering for the complex.


Location

  • Chicago, Illinois, USA

Sector

Service

Project Status

  • Completed

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Providing Habitats

The exterior habitat features an open steel trellis, which complements the architecture. The interior habitat structure relies on a waffle slab roof system, allowing tremendous flexibility in column and wall placement to accommodate unique programming needs. The exposed concrete surfaces were a requirement for the ape habitats and allowed clean sightlines for zoo visitors.