South American Rain Forest Exhibit

Buffalo, NY

South American Rain Forest Exhibit South American Rain Forest Exhibit

Resetarits Construction was contracted to perform the Construction Management of this immersive walk-through natural habitat exhibit. The 26,000 SF, fully enclosed tropical rainforest building, provides the Zoo with a signature, four-season attraction. Home to more than 30 species including exotic reptiles, birds, monkeys and giant anteaters. A 30-foot waterfall completes the tropical exhibit. The entrance pavilion provides the public with a duel functioning interpretive center and student classroom space as well as a gift shop. The experience of the lush Exhibit Hall is enhances with additional interpretive guides geared to all ages. Behind the scenes of the featured exhibits, the structure is supported by extremely complex mechanical systems to maintain the climate control and life support necessary to support the existence of the occupying flora and fauna. In addition to the delicate climate controls, multiple veterinary food preparation areas as well as specialized animal holding centers support the zoological complex. An additional unique feature is the roofing system that is comprised of pneumatic cushions restrained in aluminum extrusions and supported by a lightweight structure. The cushions are inflated with low pressure air to provide insulation and resist wind loads. This projects complex building systems required international coordination resulting in a critical path timeline and field accuracy.

See a video of Rainforest Falls prepared by the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau:

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Resetarits Construction Corporation
1500 Union Road, Suite 100
West Seneca, New York 14224

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