Heart of the Zoo Phase II - Plaza Renovation & Conceptual Design
Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Apple Valley, Minnesota
The Heart of the Zoo Phase II (HOTZ II) Project expands on renovations completed in 2011 in the first phase of the Heart of the Zoo Project. The main goals of the HOTZ II Project are to heighten patron interest, improve the guest experience and carry on the Zoo’s tradition of award winning exhibit design.
Major repairs were finished on the lower level plaza and terraces, as well as the rebuilding of the upper plaza to redirect guests to the Central Plaza.
Conceptual design work was completed for the re-purposing of existing retail space into an interior Meerkat Exhibit and a new walk-through retail space opposite the Lower South Lobby entrance.