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Arctic Tundra Exhibits, Lincoln Park Zoo

Oct 10, 2017

The Lincoln Park Zoo recently opened the new $15 million Walter Family Arctic Tundra exhibit to the public. The new 11,000 square-foot exhibit includes both wet and dry Polar Bear habitats. The main view windows provide guests with a split-view from underwater and into the dry exhibit space from the same vantage point. Rock cliff…

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Moody Gardens, Journey to New Depths Aquarium Renovation

Oct 10, 2017

The $37 million Journey to New Depths aquarium renovation project included several exhibit upgrades within the iconic pyramid structure. Moody Gardens now showcases a new ray touch tank with mangroves, a new warm climate penguin exhibit, renovations to a cold climate penguin exhibit, large and small gulf rig tanks with coral, a California tank, and a…

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Theme Park Construction

Jun 29, 2017

COST recently completed two significant theme park construction projects in the Orlando market, both recognized as game-changers in the industry. The recently opened island themed water park included several key features and finishes constructed by COST shop and field crews. This project required a significant coordination effort between several fabrication departments (fiberglass (FRP), glass fiber-reinforced…

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Water Feature Construction

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Water Feature

Jun 28, 2017

The new 470,000 square foot Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital will be opening its doors to patients later this year.  Unlike most hospitals, Northwestern is situated on over 120 landscaped acres with hiking and biking trails linked to nearby trails. The natural beauty of the campus is enhanced with this new iconic entry water feature which…

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Cincinnati Zoo, Hippo Cove

Apr 26, 2017

Hippos returned to the Cincinnati Zoo after a 20-year absence with the opening of Hippo Cove.  The $7.5 million project is the latest addition to the African exhibits.  The exhibit provides underwater viewing for close-ups of Henry and Bibi, the 3,000 plus pound residents.   A 70,000-gallon pool with a waterfall is showcased by a 60-foot…

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Fernbank Museum - Wildwoods sensory wall

Fernbank Museum – Wildwoods

Feb 17, 2017

The Fernbank Museum expanded outdoors this summer with its recently opened Wildwoods exploration and outdoor adventure play area. The expansion included an elevated walkway, an interactive dry and water play area, and various nature trails. COST was contracted to assist the preconstruction team with budgeting and shop drawings and was later contracted for model building,…

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Hawaiian Gardens water features

The Gardens Casino

Jan 20, 2017

The Hawaiian Gardens Casino opened its new and expanded $90 million dollar facility last year. The new facility increased from 59,000 sq. ft. to over 200,000 sq. ft. with an enlarged gaming space, a new kitchen and restaurant, and an upstairs banquet and tournament hall. The Gardens offers new VIP experiences throughout. The upscale look and…

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St. Francis Hospital, Family Respite Garden, Setting GFRC walls

St. Francis Hospital, Family Respite Garden

Aug 20, 2016

Rooftop projects such as the St. Francis Hospital, Family Respite Garden require structural, yet lightweight materials to deliver unique architectural (or naturalistic) finishes but at lighter weights than typical masonry construction. Specifically, the St. Francis design team desired the look of architectural stone retaining and seat walls within the garden space. By using a polystyrene…

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Lost Island Water Park, Blue Iguana Play Area

May 20, 2016

COST completed the next new family attraction at Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo, IA. The Blue Iguana has been completely renovated and now includes an interactive mermaid aquarium, a new corkscrew slide, and interesting new theme facades that separate two theme pool areas. The owners and COST designers worked closely to determine the appropriate…

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