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Zoo Education Building

Cape May County Park & Zoo | Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Project Details

The Cape May County Park & Zoo offers free year-round admission to a collection of over 550 animals within 85 acres of exhibits. For too long, the zoo has operated its education program out of a trailer in the demonstration animal holding area. In one of multiple projects for the zoo, BKP was enlisted to design a new building to house the outreach animal collection and serve as the education program’s permanent home. The project reinforces the zoo’s mission, “By teaching about our environment, and all wildlife that inhabits it, we can create a strong foundation to better preserve the natural world.”

BKP worked collaboratively with zoo staff, developed the full programming concept for the education building, identified spatial requirements, and designed a playful, engaging facility to serve as a showpiece along busy Route 9. Sited near the zoo entrance, the building creatively expresses the zoo’s wildlife and conservation education programs in an integrated indoor-outdoor environment that immediately attracts guests of all ages. The building interior contains flexible classrooms, meeting rooms, and staff offices along with exhibit, holding, and support spaces for a collection of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The design includes an independent substation for the Cape May County Sheriff, an entry court for school bus pick-up and drop-off, and outdoor spaces for additional educational opportunities. The new facility will be the hub for the zoo’s very popular summer camps and other programs. BKP’s design aims to provide a unique facility where multi-generational visitors can learn, play, and explore in a safe and stimulating environment while learning to respect and care for wildlife and the natural world.

  • Client

    Cape May County

  • Size

    4.2 acres

Renderings © BKP Architects