Construction on the newest building at Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls began in September 2017 and finished in June 2018.
The building includes a welcome center (a feature the zoo previously lacked), small animal exhibits, an aviary, concessions, and a gift shop. It will also include space for educational activities and displays of historical artifacts.
“There’s an educational pod on the inside of the structure, we hope that serves as an opportunity for particularly students in their classroom environment to come to see small animals, learn about the history of the park, those types of things,” said Project Architect Bob Sworski.
The new building is about double the size of the old one at 13,500 square feet, but won’t cost more money to maintain because it will be more efficient and easier to clean.
Wells Concrete contributed wall panels and double tees for this project, totaling 119 pieces and 15,941 square feet of precast concrete with acid etch and sandblast finishes.