Photos and Updates
June 23, 2010
Weekly Toyota Elephant Passage Construction Update:
More rock work, excavation and installation of utilities
Toyota Elephant Passage construction continues at a rapid pace for the $50 million exhibit being built at Denver Zoo
Here is what’s going on in the Toyota Elephant Passage site:
- Underground water piping is under way for the Asian Pavilion. Crews are currently grading the site in preparation for the foundation.
- Rock formations continue to take shape as Edge Concrete employees are “shooting” rock onto the rebar and mesh structures on Habitats A, E, and F. The laborious task will continue for more than a year as the various formations come to life – limestone rocks, mud banks, crop terraces, and even trees – to make each formation look as it would in a tropical Asian forest. Textured finish coats are the next process to be applied, followed by paint.
- The deep moats for the Habitats A and E pools have been poured. Once these cure, crews will begin constructing the remaining, shallower areas of these pools.
- The Gibbon Islands and Boardwalk are being laid out, and installation of these items will begin next week.
- Foundation work is under way for the Rhino/Tapir building on the southwestern side of Toyota Elephant Passage (near Bird World). Once the foundation is finished, the floor will be poured and the walls will begin to take shape.
- The children’s sandbox, tucked near Bird World on the northwest corner of the Toyota Elephant Passage construction site, is a kids’ delight. Placed in a shaded area, the sandbox is for children ages 10 and under (adult supervision is required). Plenty o toys – sandpails, trucks and even kids hard hats – are available to the little ones. Enjoy a frolic in the sandbox and a break in the shade!