Cleveland Metroparks Zoo | Cleveland , Ohio
Rhino Exhibit Retaining Wall | Osborn Engineering provided the Structural engineering design services for a new Rhino Exhibit concrete retaining wall at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The new concrete cantilever retaining wall replaces the failed existing wood retaining wall currently located outside of the existing Rhino exhibit. The new retaining wall is 75-feet long.
Tiger Holding Building with CLR | Osborn provided Structural and MEP engineering services for the modifications to the existing tiger holding building. Design included modifications to the existing structure to accommodate new doors. New features included CMU caging wall dividers, two stage exhaust system for summer and winter operation, toilet rooms, and new lighting and power distribution.
African Elephant Crossing | Tram Shelter with CLR |Osborn provided Civil, Structural, Electrical, and Technology services for a tram station outside of the African Elephant Crossing exhibit. Design included a retaining wall to adjust grade behind the station. New lighting, ceiling fans, speakers and TV displays.
The Bob Gogolick Giraffe Encounter | Osborn provided Civil, Structural, and Technology engineering services for the new Giraffe Encounter exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The giraffe viewing platform allows the visitors to have total interactive experience. They not only get an “up-close” experience with the giraffes, they actually become part of the exhibit by getting the chance to feed the animals from the platform. The viewing platform is connected by two curving ramps acting as minimal umbilical connections back to the existing viewing area. The ramp landing is celebrated by a monumental entryway and exhibit signage. To integrate with exhibit architecture, the structure is designed with timber framing which may extend above the deck to serve as lighting features. The Osborn Engineering team worked with the Cleveland Metroparks team to design and execute the project.
Tiger Passage Faux Tree Freestanding Signage | Capping off the new Tiger Passage exhibit, Osborn worked in conjunction with Cleveland Metroparks designers to create a structural steel skeleton to create a lifelike 15-foot tall fiberglass and epoxy based tree sign complete with branches.
Mandel Welcome Pavilion | The new welcome pavilion for the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is located at the main entrance of the complex. The facility is expected to feature videos regarding the Zoo’s conservation programs, and be a focal point for visitors entering the park. The gable roof is framed with exposed timber beams that cantilever beyond the wood bearing walls. At the southeast corner, the concrete foundation was designed to cantilever over an existing brick culvert. Power is supplied for the video boards that operate in the pavilion, a large fan that is hung from the roof, and the building’s lighting.
New Administration Building | Osborn provided Structural engineering services to design a new all wood 11,000 SF addition to the existing Cleveland Metroparks Administration Building. The addition houses new offices, IT rooms, conference rooms, break rooms and a connector to existing Metroparks offices.
Renovation of the Gift Shop | Osborn provided Structural, Mechanical and Electrical engineering services for the approximately 3,500 SF renovation of the existing retail space at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Osborn also acted as the Engineer of Record for the project. Osborn made all the State of Ohio permit submittals. Scope of work included replacement of existing HVAC system, sales lighting, canopy foundation design, creating large openings in existing masonry construction, canopy power, lighting design, and new point of sales counters.