Oakland Zoo Oakland, California

A 50,000 SF building on an acre site with direct access from the Zoo exhibits. The Zoo plans also to take in outside exhibiting animals from other facilities. Construction planned to begin September 2009, completed November 2010.

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New Veterinarian Hospital

A 50,000 SF building on an acre site with direct access from the Zoo exhibits. The Zoo plans also to take in outside exhibiting animals from other facilities. Construction planned to begin September 2009, completed November 2010.

California Animal Exhibit

20 Acres of Exhibits of California animals native to the Bay Area. Access to patrons will be solely by gondola from the lower zoo area. Over a mile of maintenance road, mile of trails, Gondola towers to be installed by helicopter, restaurant and various night houses. Light design is being employed to mitigate whip snake habitat. Under design and entitlement processing, construction slated to commence 2012.

Knowland Park Zoo

Aliquot began working with Doctor Joel Parrott, Executive Director and Chief Veterinarian of the Oakland Zoo in 1987. The Oakland Zoo sits on 40 Acres of Knowland Park. The park is comprised of the Oakland Zoo and large acreage of remaining open space, extending from Golf Links Road and State Freeway 580, north to Skyline Blvd. atop the coastal mountain range. Since 1987 the Zoo has expanded and won many national awards for their natural site exhibit development. The Zoo was accredited by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA), ranking the Oakland Zoo in the top 27% of zoos nationwide.

In 1987, just before the expansion and improvement program began, the underfunded Zoo was under scrutiny by the Dept. of Agriculture and other affiliated animal associations. It began with Smokey, a 10,000 pound bull elephant, kept in a concrete enclosure built in 1965, barely large enough for him to lie down. Notice was given to the Zoo to improve Smokey’s confinement and other necessary improvements at the Zoo. Little to work with and disappearing funds made it difficult to envision improving animal exhibits erected in the early 1900’s, when little Zoological and animal confinement standards were in place.

With funds being threatened to be cut off by the City, due to budget constraints, and low patronage, the Zoo was near incapable to remain open. Aliquot learned of the Zoo’s threatened demise by an article in the Oakland Tribune. A call was made to Dr. Parrott and a long and exciting endeavor to save the Zoo transpired and remains today. It began with Smokey. (Smokey passed in 2001)

With little funds, Dr. Parrott and Aliquot, without a zoological architect, designed the Elephant Exhibit. Taking from research and other exhibits around the country, an innovative design, greatly challenged by budget constraints, with the need to balance the vision of the exhibit with the requirements of zoological design practice, and the opportunity of a setting within the many untouched acres, the Elephant Exhibit campaign was launched. A campaign to gather donors, by Dr. Parrott, took flight and with the Elephant Exhibit plans complete, contributions grew. The Exhibit was completed in 1989 and received several awards.

Design for the Lion Exhibit then began and with East Bay Regional Parks District’s first bond measure approved, of which 10% of the funds went to Knowland Park Zoo. An exciting plan of development in 6 phases was then launched.

After 20 plus years of working with Dr. Parrott and other consultants, Aliquot has provided civil design for many of the exhibits; a partial list is as follows:

  • Elephant Exhibit
  • Lion Exhibit
  • Educational Complex
  • African Village
  • Primate Island
  • Train
  • Parking Lot / Entrance Gate
  • Panda Exhibit
  • Administration building
  • South parking lot Expansion
  • Chimpanzee Exhibit

Projects under design:

  • Veterinarian Hospital
  • 20 Acre California Animal Expansion, Phase 6