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Wilderness Falls water play area

May 18, 2018

Wilderness Falls, the new interactive water play area with a National Park theme, recently opened at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. This exhibit area has several activities for kids to explore, play, and learn about local wildlife. Kids will find logs and boulders to climb, a sand pit in which to dig, as well as exciting…

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The Barrel Room at Founders Taproom, Theme Construction

May 10, 2018

COST is often called upon to replicate unique surroundings. The barrel room at Founders Taproom in Detroit is no exception. The barrel room concept was inspired by the gypsum mining caves located 85 feet below Grand Rapids, MI. This is where Founders Brewing Company “barrel-age” their distinctive craft beers. The simulated rockwork walls, old whiskey barrels, and beautiful…

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Gorilla World Exhibit Fabrication at Cincinnati Zoo

Mar 17, 2018

After three years of planning and fundraising and two years of construction, the new Gorilla World has opened to the public. The project’s first phase included outdoor modifications that allowed for the new gorilla building. To further accentuate the exhibit’s rolling topography, the renovated exterior space showcases refinished rock, additional new simulated rockwork, authentic looking…

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Exhibit Fabrication for the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum Grand Reopening

Feb 19, 2018

In October 2017, the newly expanded and remodeled Wonders of Wildlife Museum reopened to the public. The facility was recently recognized as the Best New Attraction in the USA Today 2017 poll. The enlarged 340,000 square foot living museum includes both dioramas and a live collection of over 35,000 animals from around the world. The…

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Newly Renovated Water Feature at Discovery Canyon, Red Deer, Alberta

Dec 22, 2017

The City of Red Deer opened the newly renovated tubing river as part of an overall $2.1M River Bend Golf and Recreation redevelopment plan in summer 2017. The tubing river was a regional attraction over the past thirty years but was in dire need of replacement. The river project required demolition and replacement of the…

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Theme Sculpture Gardens at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Nov 22, 2017

The newly expanded $1 billion Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital project at Stanford University is adding 521,000 sq. ft. The expansion includes a new main building, 149 new hospital rooms, treatment rooms, new surgical areas, and two themed interactive sculpture gardens. The two play areas, the Emerald Garden and the Dunlevie Garden, were designed to provide children and…

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Rockwork and Water Features at Metalcraft

Nov 3, 2017

Metalcraft’s desire to rebrand their new Mayville property offered an opportunity for LeRosa Landscape, COST of Wisconsin, Inc., and the client to develop an aesthetic and functional fix to the site’s topographical changes. The team developed a collaborative approach to beautify the property while aiding with the extensive topography. The work included a significant simulated…

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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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