Press Releases September 17, 2015

Level 10 Construction Builds New Asian Leopard Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo

Source: Level 10 Construction

Level 10 Construction

SAN DIEGO, CA—Level 10 Construction announced today that it has completed building a new 16,500-sq.-ft. habitat for Asian Leopards at the San Diego Zoo. The exhibit, which opened in June, replaces the leopards’ former Cat Canyon home and connects with the existing Panda Trek Exhibit to the north. The Asian Leopard habitat was designed by Architects Mosher Drew

The $2.8 million habitat has four separate exhibit areas with enclosed overhead passageways above the visitor walkways allowing the leopards to climb up high and cross between habitats. Each habitat is in a separate enclosure built of structural steel and enclosed with stainless steel wire mesh. A central viewing path bisects the four habitat areas.

The four habitats showcase the leopards in a naturalistic setting, featuring rock outcroppings, slopes with felled trees and shrubs, and terrain similar to their native environment.

In addition to the construction of the four new distinct habitats, Level 10 Construction’s scope of work for the Asian Leopard Exhibit included the demolition of existing exhibit space, relocation of existing utilities, installation of new underground utilities, and construction of three structures for animal management and animal holding. Level 10 Construction self-performed all the structural concrete to drive the schedule and maintain the highest level of quality.

Level 10 Construction practiced Lean Last Planner® and worked closely with over a dozen stakeholders each week to make sure that their needs were integrated into the design and the construction schedules. Level 10 Construction also completed the Mountain Lion exhibit at the San Diego Zoo in 2014.

“Based on our experience, our team understands the importance of a sound project execution strategy that addresses the uniqueness of working in a zoo environment and the expectations for change,” said Mike Conroy Vice President of Operations for Level 10 Construction’s San Diego Office.

The Asian Leopard Exhibit is home to two male Amur leopards (named Koshka and Primorye), along with one male and two female snow leopards (Ramil, Anna and Penny). The Amur leopard is considered the most endangered big cat in the world, and the snow leopard is also an endangered species. There are only 40 Amur leopards left in their native habitat of southern Russia and northern China, and only an additional 300 Amur leopards in zoos around the world. An estimated 7,000 snow leopards remain in the rugged mountains of central Asia.

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