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Turtle Back Zoo Renovation Project


West Orange, NJ




Essex County
Department of Public Works
900 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona, NJ

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Project Description:


The project involves approximately 5,176 square feet of building alterations and renovations.

building design resulted in a year round public use and additional exhibit space for the zoo officials to showcase their animals. The interior space reflects complete fixed metal window replacement and new heating, ventilation and air condition system (HVAC) that fosters a forest habitat. The equipment required to make the HVAC operable is encased and resembles tree branches wrapping the interior of the 3,360 sf space. In addition, the electrical fixtures such as the ceiling fans and acorn lights add more air circulation and lighting. The tile flooring is custom designed to embrace the wonderful Turtle Back Zoo logo installed in the center of the space. New thermal windows and handicap accessible doors replaced the old roll down doors with screens and entry doors. The window design blends in nicely with the existing building, enhancing the esthetics of the space. Two new dormers were constructed at the main entrance and new rear entrance to mark the entry points into the building and to remove rain and snow from the entrances.