As part of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History Renovation, the new Perkins Wildlife Center & Woods Garden is an intimate outdoor experience immersed with native plants, animals and birds and featuring an elevated tree-canopy walkway trail. Osborn Engineering in conjunction with museum Exhibit Designers, structured a complex curve structural steel elevated trail to submerge the public with up-close viewing of the Perkins Wildlife pools and exhibits.
The tree-canopy elevated walkway trail consists of an outdoor curved, sloping steel frame with various observation platforms used by visitors to view the animals and their habitat within the exhibit. The complex geometry of the structure in conjunction with the steeply sloped site grades proved a challenge to the design team and contractors throughout the project. The selected site includes a ravine along the northern footprint complicating placement of the elevated trail foundations.
In addition to the elevated curved walkway, Osborn Engineering designed the structural elements for a large otter pond in conjunction with European acrylic designers. Design elements also included a vegetated slope, bio-remediation basin, groundwater recharge, as well as animal enclosure mesh supports and full service mechanical, electrical, and plumbing for each support building and feature. Electrical also provided necessary infrastructure for an outdoor lightscape along with technology wireless access for a fully integrated visitor smart phone and tablet experience.
The Viktor Schreckengost mammoth and mastodon sculptures were reated to act as “an engraved invitation,” to visitors to the Sears Garden. The sculptures had hung on the Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo since 1956. Originally named the Cleveland Zoological Park, the Zoo first opened in 1882 where the Cleveland Museum of Natural History now stands. The sculptures were removed and placed in storage when the new African Elephant Crossing exhibit was constructed in 2011. (Osborn provided MEP and LEED Fundamental Commissioning services for this LEED Gold Certified Project.)
The goal is to transform the existing Museum into an innovative, ultra-sustainable and highly immersive experience that will break down the walls between science and the community, invite a diverse audience to discover the wonders of science and nature, provide exciting science education for students of all ages and facilitate the important work of their curators. The project includes the phased construction of 150,000 gsf of new space; renovation of 95,000 gsf of existing space; demolition of 51,000 gsf of existing space; construction of a 300-car Parking Garage and relocation and expansion of Perkins Wildlife. The total construction cost is $180 million. The expanded 300,000 gsf facility will house classrooms; distance learning; collections, research laboratories; public exhibits; an auditorium; cafeteria; offices; planetarium and specimen storage. The project is targeting LEED NC v2009 Gold certification.
As Engineer of Record (EOR) Osborn is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and civil engineering services from programming through construction. Osborn Engineering led all utility planning; analysis; design and coordination including a new central utility plant, new electrical; water; sewer and natural gas services while keeping the existing facility fully operational as new building construction, demolition and renovation projects occurred. Osborn coordinated this work with multiple consultants, such as exhibit designers, contractors, and utilities as well as numerous public entities including: the City of Cleveland, University Circle Inc., the Medical Center Company (local District Utility); Case Western Reserve University; First Energy; Cleveland Public Power; Dominion East Ohio Gas; NEORSD; Cuyahoga County Soil & Water; Gilbane; Panzica; Thomarios; Fentress Architects; AECOM; Buro Happold; Thinc and Reich + Petch.
The new central utility plant includes a 1,500 ton chilled water plant; 15,000 MBH heating plant, new 11.3 kV electrical service and 2.65 MW of standby power. The upgraded electrical service includes a new 11.3 kV electrical service to the Museum to serve the New Addition as well as to backfeed the remaining existing electrical service. The project includes replacing the existing central utility plant. The new central utility plant includes a 1,500 ton chilled water plant; 15,000 MBH heating plant, new 11.3 kV electrical service and 2.0 MW of standby power.