John Ball Zoo – Various Projects

Project Details


John Ball Zoo


Grand Rapids, MI



Spider Monkey Exhibit – Enhanced the spider monkey habitat to immerse patrons within exhibit for greater visitor experience by creating a cantilevered educational/viewing platform. Exhibit also includes landscaped habitat, waterfall feature, transparent railing for child and wheelchair friendly viewing.

Master Plan – Explored and developed the Zoo’s vision and goals for their new master plan. Reviewed and validated their current master plan as developed by another consultant. Created a new patron experience around the idea of having a four-seasons zoo; included developing new and clear circulation paths for vehicles and patrons. Developed the northern hillside to include new exhibits, concessions, a tree house, and funicular station; and developed a new entry experience including gift shop, concessions, restrooms, and plaza.

Waterfall Path – Reconstructed existing waterfall view stairs and walks to provide safe, durable, and natural appearing pathway. Features include a uniquely colored and naturally appearing stamped concrete steps and walks, rock-like shotcrete walls to control erosion on steep hillside, and an artistic bridge over waterfall stream.

Funicular and Tree House: See here.