Inside the Aquarium at the Boardwalk exhibit with large aquariums and dark blue theme lighting, giving the appearance of being underwater.

Aquarium at the Boardwalk, theme exhibits

Jan 22, 2021

The Aquarium at the Boardwalk opened to the public in November of 2020. The facility encompasses ten theme exhibit zones within the building footprint, a gift shop, and back of house. Over 400,000 gallons of marine environments ranging from coral reefs to shipwrecks are ready for exploration. Each exhibit provides interesting and engaging views of…

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A cascading waterfall is created with stacked and staggered artificial rockwork boulders, located at the Twin Oaks Country Club.

Water Feature at Twin Oaks Country Club

Jan 8, 2021

Nestled between the 14th and 15th hole, with views from the clubhouse, lies a spectacular new water feature at the Twin Oaks Country Club. This feature consists of naturalistic shotcrete pond structures and artificial rockwork. The rock blends seamlessly with the Ozark hillside rock that is typical in the Springfield, Missouri, area. While this water…

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Houston Zoo’s Pantanal Zoological Exhibit

Dec 4, 2020

The new zoological exhibit area at the Houston Zoo, South America’s Pantanal, allows patrons to explore regions of Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia without leaving the great state of TX. The exhibit focuses on wetland areas that are home to piranhas, giant anacondas, and river otters. Studio Hanson|Roberts designed a unique underwater view space to allow…

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A large archway entrance to a park, created with artificial rockwork to look like real stacked stone walls.

Theme Construction at James F. Holland Park Playground

Nov 20, 2020

The recent updates at James F. Holland Park include new theme construction elements to match the property’s Bulow Plantation Sugar Mill theme. The nearby mill, left in ruins, was developed in 1821 by Major Charles Wilhelm Bulow and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 26-acre Holland Park is in the…

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A giant 1.5 million gallon aquarium at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's dolphin exhibit.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Exhibit Fabrication

Sep 11, 2020

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s (CMA) mission to rescue, to rehabilitate, and to release is well-recognized throughout the aquarium world. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, otters, sea turtles, rays, nurse sharks, and other marine life. The recently expanded and enhanced dolphin habitat is part of the new Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex. COST’s Work on…

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Artificial Rockwork Facade at the Enclave

Aug 24, 2020

In 2018, West Builders contacted the COST team regarding a very unique artificial rockwork project. The idea was to develop student housing that was unlike any other. The Enclave is a mixed-use (commercial/student housing) project that captures the essence of Ronda, a city nestled upon a cliff in Southern Spain. The Enclave was beautifully illustrated…

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A look inside the Hippopotamus Habitat pool at the Milwaukee Country Zoo, featuring two large viewing area windows looking into the habitat.

Milwaukee County Zoo’s African Adventure Exhibit Fabrication: Phase 2

Jun 26, 2020

It was 1957 when the Milwaukee County Zoo became COST’s first exhibit fabrication client. Sixty-three years and many exhibits later, COST is proud to have successfully completed the new African Adventure Phase 2, Hippopotamus exhibit. This is the new home for Happy and Patti, the zoo’s 38-year-old male and 49-year-old female hippos. The new zoological…

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A large pool surrounded by large artificial rockwork on one end of the upgraded Kansas City Zoo elephant habitat.

Kansas City Zoo Elephant Expedition Exhibit Construction

May 22, 2020

Friday marked the grand opening of the newly constructed Kansas City Zoo’s Elephant Expedition exhibit and animal habitat. The three-acre habitat has a host of new exhibit features along with upgraded visitor amenities. Features of the Upgraded Elephant Expedition Habitat The new zoo exhibit construction includes a 100,000-gallon, 10-foot deep pool with a sloped zero…

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An architectural shotcrete Porte Cochere in Ft. Lauderdale is a large structure with pillars and a contemporary curving design that stands in a sunny community park.

Contemporary Architectural Shotcrete at Las Olas Boulevard Corridor

May 1, 2020

Near the corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Route A1A in Ft. Lauderdale a contemporary architectural shotcrete Porte Cochere has recently opened to the public. The structure is part of the Las Olas Boulevard Corridor Improvement planning program. The steel and concrete feature, approximately 80’ long by 35’ tall, is an iconic gathering point for…

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