When the Phoenix Zoo made the decision to relocate their administrative offices from Tempe, Arizona to the Phoenix Zoo Campus, they selected WOODPATEL to provide survey and civil engineering expertise. This was a unique project that consisted of three separate structures linked through a series of roof and wall elements. Challenges to this development included maintaining positive drainage and ADA accessibility over a very steep site. These challenges were overcome by utilizing the existing grade where possible for drainage, while making use of ramps and retaining walls where necessary.

WOODPATEL performed a full topographic survey for use in creating site construction documents and obtaining final city approval.

WOODPATEL has since completed many fascinating exhibits and much needed utility improvement projects at the Phoenix Zoo. We have been involved in the design processes from preliminary design through final approved construction documents. Civil engineering responsibilities included water and sewer basis of design reports, drainage studies and grading and drainage, water, and sewer plans. The unique nature of each exhibit required close collaboration with the out-of-state design team, contractor, Phoenix Zoo, and City of Phoenix personnel to achieve the Zoo’s vision of improving people’s lives through interaction with nature, and excelling in conservation, education, exhibition, and recreation.

Our additional Phoenix Zoo projects include:

  • Sumatra Tiger Exhibit
  • Orangutan Exhibit
  • Komodo Exhibit
  • Overlook Education Building
  • Water System Upgrades
  • Gift Shop
  • Entry Oasis
  • Fire and Water Line
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Study

Additional Experience

  • Multiple projects and exhibits


Phoenix, AZ


Arizona Zoological Society

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