Audubon Zoo Sea Lion Pool Shade Canopy
- Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Construction Value: $150,000
- Completion: August 2010
Trigon was contracted by the Audubon Nature Institute (ANI), a local non-profit organization, in February 2010 to provide services for the planning, development, design and construction of a shade canopy and supporting structure for the sea lion pool at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
The goals of this project were to minimize the amount of sunlight/UV rays reaching the surface area of the sea lion pool, provide a cooling effect to the area surrounding the pool, and to design the structure in such a manner that it will withstand high winds but also be removable during extreme weather. A key constraint included ANI’s desire to have the entire project completed/constructed by the end of Summer 2010.
The structure also had to be designed in a way that incorporated it into the surrounding environment and site layout, which included a vast array of landscaping and other surface features and subsurface utilities, as well as changes in elevation throughout the site. Utilities research, surveying, site layout, geotechnical investigations and the resulting structural design were significant components of the project. The design was established to accommodate existing utilities at the site as well as landscaping and tree protection requirements. Several utility relocations were performed as part of the project.
- Supported ANI with initial project planning and development.
- Performed conceptual, preliminary and final design services.
- Self-performed and/or managed various engineering components of the project such as surveying, geotechnical investigations and engineering, civil engineering and structural engineering.
- Contracted and managed specialty shade canopy fabricator.
- Sister company, Trigon Construction International, served as General Contractor during construction.
- Responsible for weekly Budget and Schedule Updates