The Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo was a 19,000-sqaure-foot project built to house approximately 80 penguins of various species, as well as other forms of aquatic life. The exhibit features two pools that hold around 100,000 gallons of water. A retractable glass wall between the two pools allows the penguins plenty of room to swim, both indoors and outdoors. For visitors, there is also a glass viewing area to see the penguins swimming underwater.
The roof of the exhibit serves as a platform for 64 solar panels that produce 15-kilowatt hours of power. Additionally, a minimum of 75 percent of all construction waste was diverted from the landfill and sent to a recycling facility. The Kansas City Zoo’s commitment to creating LEED certified buildings helped forge a strong partnership with JE Dunn.