Stantec-designed animal hospital opens at Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo’s State of the Art Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Veterinary Hospital is now open to the public. The new facility, which replaces the nearly 40-year-old hospital, is designed to treat the zoo’s more than 3,000 animals and offer visitors an in-depth look at animal care. The 22,000 square foot facility includes two treatment rooms, intensive care units and a state-of-the-art surgical suite.
The Denver office of a global architecture and engineering firm Stantec provided architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, lighting design and project management on the project. The facility was largely funded by the Elevate Denver Bond program, which Denver voters approved in 2017, as well as the Helen and Arthur E Johnson Foundation.
“The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital will significantly enhance our ability to provide world-class care for the more than 3,000 animals that call Denver Zoo home,” said George Pond, senior vice president of planning and Denver Zoo design. “This facility is designed and equipped to serve our animals and guests exceptionally well for many years to come, and we are grateful to Stantec for their significant contribution to the project.”
In addition to providing care for zoo animals, the new hospital raises awareness of the zoo’s mission – Inspiring communities to save wildlife for future generations – and provides a powerful connection for zoo guests. The elevated viewing platform at the Schlessman Family Foundation Visitor and Education Center allows visitors to get a first-hand look at the zoo’s state-of-the-art veterinary care. The treatment rooms, operating room and laboratory are visible to zoo visitors, visiting veterinarians, researchers and students through large windows. Additionally, operating table lamps are set up with cameras, allowing visitors to the lobby to see what zoo vets see through television screens broadcasting live from the surgery room. When the treatment rooms are not in use, video screens and an on-site facilitator provide information on the many procedures performed each year at the zoo.
With an emphasis on using state-of-the-art medical equipment, the Denver Zoo is one of the few veterinary hospitals in the nation to include a CT scanner, using advanced imaging to revolutionize the ability to diagnose and treat animal patients. It also has digital x-ray equipment, ultrasound, endoscopy units and advanced anesthesia monitoring.
“It’s exciting that Denver Zoo’s new animal hospital is welcoming visitors for the first time,” said Denver-based Stantec director Alexander Thome. “Working with the Denver Zoo to create an installation that raises the bar for animal care, while engaging the public to better understand the zoo’s mission through the guest viewing experience, has been a wonderful collaboration. .”