Award of Merit Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development
The Elephants of Asia project site covers 6.1 acres and consists of a new 16,600-sq-ft, state-of-the-art elephant barn, six visitor viewing areas and three water features.
According to the city of Los Angeles' Bureau of Engineering, which managed the design and construction of the $42-million project, the exhibit comprises four elephant yards, each with its own distinct character and story. The landscaping is reflective of the areas in Asia where elephants are native. The design goal was to create a facility that would educate visitors about the care of Asian elephants and encourage protection efforts through donations, the city says.
Owner: City of Los Angeles
General Contractor: AKG Construction/Saifco Construction, Joint Venture, Woodland Hills
Lead Designer: The Portico Group, Seattle
Civil/Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting, Los Angeles
MEP Engineer: Tsuchiyama, Kaino, Sun & Carter, Irvine
Landscape: Marina Landscape Inc., Anaheim
Marina Landscape and City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering