The Polk Family Penguin Conservation Center (PCC) has been in the planning and design phase for two years and represents the largest project the Detroit Zoo has ever undertaken. One of the most dramatic features of the $26 million facility will be a penguin “deep dive” with views above and below water as the birds dive and soar through a chilled 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area.
Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expeditions as well as epic crossings of Drake’s Passage, the facility will feature 4-D effects such as arctic blasts, rough waves and snow, and physical elements such as ice crevasses. The building’s exterior will evoke a tabular iceberg. The habitats will ensure an optimal environment for the penguins’ welfare and encourage wild behavior, from diving and porpoising to nesting and rearing young.
The PCC was designed by Jones & Jones, architects of the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life and National Amphibian Conservation Center, and Albert Kahn & Associates, architects of the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex. It will be built on a 2-acre site near the Detroit Zoo’s entrance and will open in 2015.
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