The Toronto Zoo held an official topping off ceremony to inaugurate the final bolt being placed on the new Wildlife Health Centre.
Diamond Schmitt Architects have designed the new Centre in close consultation with Zoo staff to ensure that it responds precisely to their range of needs. The 22,000 square feet of interior space—nearly double the current space—will be easy to maintain in a hygienic state and provide ample room for handling post-surgical care, modern diagnostics and research equipment. Veterinary staff will be able to treat larger species such as gorillas at the centre rather than in their enclosure. A viewing area for private guided tours will provide a behind-the-scenes peek into wildlife care.
The $16-million job is being led by contractor Gillam Group. Construction is expected to be complete later this year, with official unveiling planned for early 2017.