JFC is proud to be partnering with El Paso on one of the City’s first projects managed via the CM at Risk delivery method. After a nearly 18 months preconstruction effort, demolition is expected to begin on or about March 6, 2018 with the exhibit opening to the public in the summer of 2019. Infrastructure Constructors will be performing earthwork and utilities installation on the project.
The project consists of reconstructing the existing desert node of the El Paso Zoo as a Chihuahuan Desert Exhibit on approximately 2.21 acres. The work will involve the construction of animal holding buildings, an outdoor classroom, an abandoned ranch house, guest and animal bridges and a climbing structure. Also, included will be exhibits for prairie dogs, parrots, wolves, small animals, mountain lions, jaguars, coati, and other rodents found in the Chihuahuan desert. Site work includes grading, utility modifications, tree preservation, paving, retaining walls, landscape and irrigation. A central feature of the project will be large rockwork mountain through which the large cats can stroll and people watch. This project is highly themed and requires attention to the detailing of construction in guest areas. This project also houses wild animals where attention to containment and animal welfare is required.
The Project Team includes Project Manager Matt Pagliasotti, Superintendent Chrys Delisser, Project Engineer David Vedoy, and Admin Assistant Kim Candee.