Houston Zoo McNair Asian Elephant Habitat


The Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo McNair Asian Elephant Habitat


Walter P Moore provided civil engineering services for the expansion of the
elephant habitat at the Houston Zoo. Additions included a 6,500-square-foot barn
custom built to house the elephants, a brand new expanded habitat that features
a boardwalk with an unobstructed view of the elephants in their new yard, and a
160,000-gallon pool.

Working among extensive existing utilities in a 95-year old campus was a challenge.
Care was taken to ensure that the design and material specifications could withstand
manipulation and loading from the elephants themselves. The site design was
meticulously coordinated to avoid impacts to prized existing oaks in the project area.