Penguin Plunge at Calgary Zoo
A penguin habitat goes deep on green design to educate visitors on these engaging, ice-loving birds.
- Deep Waters
The project consists of the Penguin Plunge, a year round penguin habitat with a 32,000-gallon indoor pool and a 9,200- gallon outdoor pool complete with islands, glacial formations and a waterfall, as well as a new café and gift shop that draw energy from the exhibit.
- Comforts of Home
The partially buried structure that houses the penguins simulates Antarctic winter; its design contrasts with the open and day-lit gift and coffee shop.
- Green All Over
Designed to LEED® Gold standards, environmental considerations influenced the site design, building massing, materials, systems for water and energy consumption, and construction methods.
- Creative Recycling
Waste energy from the penguin habitat support systems is used to heat the gift shop, which is cooled using thermal radiant slabs and a cooling tower.
- Dancing on Moonbeams
The lighting systems are designed to simulate natural moonlight and the colourful southern lights.
- Project facts
Size : 29,062 sq. ft./ 2,700 sq. m.
Cost : $24.5 Million
Collaborators: The Portico Group, MWH Americas, EBA Engineering, RJC, MMM Group
LEED Registered: Gold
Client: Calgary Zoo