Animal Nutrition Center

Saint Louis, MO

Client: Saint Louis Zoo
Year Completed: 2007
Size: 12,000 SF
Certifications: LEED Silver Certified
Awards: 2011 Sustainability and the Built Environment

The Orthwein Animal Nutrition Center is designed to demonstrate the importance of wildlife nutrition by making the process of growing, preparing and testing food visible to zoo visitors.  Taking advantage of the adjacent zooline railroad’s thousands of visitors, the building expands into view with a sloping green roof, accentuating the forced perspective of the train.  Since greenfield areas are so rare at the zoo, the project has been built into the landscape with an extensive green roof rising out of the landscape into the slope of the roof.  Storage areas are contained in a large brick volume, with random soldier coursing reflecting the strata of the earth removed for the building.

This state of the art animal nutrition center is the first LEED certified facility constructed at the Zoo.

Green concepts include high efficiency mechanical systems, low voc coatings, local and recycled materials specification, decreased storm water runoff and installation of the largest “green” roof at the Zoo. The building houses offices, prep space, cooler/freezer and dry storage, with educational facilities in the lower level.

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