Because conserving energy and protecting the environment align with Zoo Atlanta’s mission, it was only natural to target LEED Silver for the Scaly, Slimy, Spectacular! Reptile and Amphibian Exhibit project. The Exhibit features 60,000 gallons of water and more than 9,700 square feet of hand-crafted rockwork designed to simulate some of the planet’s most iconic wild ecosystems. The complex is home to nearly 100 animals representing more than 70 species from around the world. Highlights include a 30-foot naturalistic waterfall feeding into a large American alligator habitat, where guests can enjoy close views of the native reptiles.
Ultimately, the building achieved LEED Gold certification, exceeding the Owner’s goal of Silver. In addition to securing a local source for carpet, cement, and other materials, Winter helped redirect 127 tons of construction waste into recycling programs, a savings equivalent to the weight of 17 adult male elephants. Interior air quality is also a critical criterion for LEED evaluation, and Winter was able to find low-emitting paints, sealants, and adhesives to meet and exceed the stringent LEED standards.