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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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The Gardens Casino

Jan 20, 2017

The Hawaiian Gardens Casino opened its new and expanded $90 million dollar facility earlier this 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…

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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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Fresno Chaffee Zoo, African Adventure

Fresno Chaffee Zoo, African Adventure

Jan 3, 2016

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo opened its 13-acre African Adventure in fall. African Adventure features multi-specie exhibits that allow patrons to view these animals as if they were within their native habitat, the African plains and savannas. The project includes several species including elephants, cheetahs, lions, white rhinoceros, reticulated giraffe, and other hoof stock. A giraffe feeding…

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Village of Rosemont, Water Feature at Night

Village of Rosemont, Water Feature

Jul 17, 2015

Monument Park, located at Higgins Road and River Road in Rosemont, was closed last fall to begin the reconstruction of the well-known iconic Rosemont waterfall. The old Rosemont waterfall, known throughout the Chicagoland area, was a gathering place for locals, a favorite spot for wedding photos, and a tourist destination. The new waterfalls is larger than…

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Tahiti Village, Lost Island Water Park

Tahiti Village, Lost Island Water Park

Jun 17, 2015

The Lost Island Waterpark opened their 2015 season introducing their latest attraction called Tahiti Village. This highly themed, multi-level play unit offers a number of interactive features like spray bars, spray hoses, valves, three slides, and a large dump bucket. The three medium sized slides are perfect for younger guests. Unlike many water play structures,…

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Wild Walk

Jun 3, 2015

COST of Wisconsin, Inc. was chosen to build a 40’ tall by 16’ diameter white pine snag tree as part of an ambitious $5.2 million Wild Walk expansion at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The Wild Walk is an elevated walkway filled with interesting exhibits, art, and amazing views of the Adirondack forest. The…

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Bass Pro Shops Memphis Pyramid 4 Low Res

Bass Pro Shops, Memphis Pyramid

May 1, 2015

On April 29th, the Bass Pro Shops in the Memphis Pyramid welcomed over 35,000 sportsmen to its Grand Opening. That number had grown to over 1,000,000 visitors by August 4th.* The massive, iconic pyramid-shaped sports complex had become an instant regional attraction. The facility offers a full service Bass Pro Shops retail store, Uncle Buck’s…

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