Lincoln Park Zoo Visitor's Center

Chicago, Illinois
All images courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo. 

The Lincoln Park Zoo had outgrown its 25-year old Visitor Center and was wanting a more iconic entry element along the east entry. The architectural firm of Ross Barney Architects was tasked with providing 3 concepts: modern, historic and something “in the middle”. The new building will offer a VIP space for zoo members, upgraded space for the security office, administrative offices and an enhanced learning space for visitors.  A concept for the new building was agreed upon by the Zoo Board and the project was awarded to Bulley & Andrews Construction.

In the midst of bidding out the project, Mayor Emanuel issued and executive order requiring all institutions receiving City funds to comply with minority and local hiring requirements.  The entire bidding process was modified to include those requirements and publicly advertise.  The successful contractor is providing 33% minority-owned businesses, 8.50% for women-owned businesses and 50% Cook County residency.  All compliance figures are being tracked submitted to the appropriate agencies.

Lincoln Park Zoological Society

Ross Barney Architects

Completion Date
Summer 2018

Bulley & Andrews

Construction Cost

Team Roles 
Heather Amro & Marcello Delfini - Owner’s Representative