Minnesota Zoo Tiger Lair

Kyle Education/Institution, Event Spaces/Pavilions, Recent, Zoos

Completed: 2020 Location: Apple Valley, MN This cantilevered commercial shade structure will enhance the zoo’s updated Tiger Lair. Branching black locust columns support black locust beams and rafters for this 300 square-foot structure. A steel tension rod complements the structural round timber bringing the vision to reality. Architect: Damon Farber GC: WholeTrees Structures Engineer:  Engineering Ventures

Columbus Zoo – Elephant Shade

Kyle Recent, Zoos

Completed: 2019 Location: Columbus, OH We updated our elephant shade canopy design – both its aesthetic and structure. The first version, which you can find installed at Maryland Zoo, features a round timber roof on partially timber-wrapped steel columns. This structure gives the elephants a break from the sun while allowing the public continuous views as the elephants relax in …

Philadelphia Zoo Gorilla Climbing Structure

Kyle Landscapes/Playscapes, Recent, Zoos

Completed: 2019 Location: Philadelphia, PA Gorillas living under human care don’t always have as many climbing opportunities as their cousins in Africa, so Whole Trees is proud to have designed, engineered, fabricated and installed an all natural climbing structure for the gorilla families at The Philadelphia Zoo, to help them feel more at home. Built from Black Locust and White …

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Kyle Event Spaces/Pavilions, Zoos

Completed: 2018 Location: Baltimore, MD We are so excited to be part of the new African Journey exhibit at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Whole Trees teamed with CRL Designs to create commercial wood shade structures for the Lions and Giraffes and Elephants.  The Lion Exhibit will include round timbers incorporated with steel mesh and glass allowing visitors and intimate …

Birmingham Zoo Playscape

Kyle Landscapes/Playscapes, Zoos

Completed: 2017 Location: Birmingham, Alabama WholeTrees partnered with the Birmingham Zoo to create round timber play equipment for the Zoo’s natural playground. Each structure was built from black locust sourced from Wisconsin public lands. The play features are placed with careful consideration for existing landscape features, plantings, and varying elevations across the site to create place-based relationships. Designed for a …

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Kyle Education/Institution, Landscapes/Playscapes, Zoos

Completed: 2017 Location: San Diego, CA This elegant commercial shade structure in the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is set against a backdrctural system for the main event hall, including columns, beams, rop of rolling hills and exotic wildlife. WholeTrees provided the struafters, and two soaring structural arches. These pre engineered mass timber elements interact with steel frames and dimensional …

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Kyle Education/Institution, Zoos

Completed: 2016 Location: Cleveland, OH WholeTrees partnered with WDM Architects and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for the Rosebrough Tiger Passage, a new habitat for the zoo’s two Amur tigers. Branched black locust tree columns create a pleasing biophilic design environment for humans and tigers alike. Architect: WDM GC: Panzica

Minnesota Zoo Hanifl Family Wild Woods Playscape

Kyle Education/Institution, Landscapes/Playscapes, Zoos

Completed: 2015 Location: Apple Valley, MN Partnering with Damon Farber Landscape Architects and the Minnesota Zoo, WholeTrees has taken natural playground design and structures to a higher plane with the Hanifl Family Wild Woods. The Minnesota Zoo is on a mission to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. We all take nature play seriously, because kids …