Completed Projects



MetalMan’s Completed Project Experience



Elephant Activity Station Hay Feeder System, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan was hired by the Dallas Zoo to design, fabricate and install a hay feeder system for use at the existing Elephant Activity Stations (EAS) within the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit. At present, one (1) hay feeder system has been installed with the three (3) others to follow.

 

Animal Nutrition Center, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan acted as the construction manager for the Dallas Zoo’s new 7,500 s.f. state of the art Animal Nutrition Center. This facility entailed the construction of a tilt wall building with loading dock, dry storage areas, indoor refrigerator/freezer/thaw room, kitchen areas and staff offices.

 

Koala Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan designed and built the Dallas Zoo’s new Koala Exhibit. Utilizing new design innovation, this project was fabricated at MetalMan’s Athens facility in three (3) separate pieces, transported by trailers and craned into place at the project site. The easily re-locatable exhibit consists of two (2) animal holding areas, a cooler for storage of animal nutrition, keeper area and public restroom facility.

 

Moveable Wall @ Giraffe Holding Building, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan designed and installed a moveable wall for use in the Giraffe Holding Building. This project was requested by the Dallas Zoo to corral and shift giraffe into transportation trailers for relocation. The wall was constructed in a manner that allows it to be easily removed from the animal holding areas when not in use.

 

Savanna Pump House Enclosure, Dallas Zoo – After a winter storm damaged exposed pumps and related piping for the Giants of the Savanna Project, MetalMan was asked to fully enclose the pumping facilities within a metal building structure. This project comprised the fabrication and installation of the metal building as well as the disguising of the resulting façade from the public’s view.

 

Barn 8 Renovations – Correction of AZA Issues, Dallas Zoo – Upon completion of an AZA accreditation visit, MetalMan was requested to perform required renovations to the exterior holding yards of Barn 8 at the Dallas Zoo. The project consisted of MetalMan installing fencing materials to enclose the existing holding yards. The enclosures required the fabrication of a supporting structure as well.

 

Glass Replacement @ Gorilla Exhibit North Bunker, Dallas Zoo – As a result of damage caused by a male gorilla, MetalMan was requested to replace a glass panel in the North Bunker of the Gorilla Exhibit. This project entailed ordering the replacement panel, the fabrication and installation of a training wall as designed by the Zoo staff, and installing the new glass panel upon delivery. The installation of the glass panel was difficult in that the location was not easily accessible. MetalMan was required to remove existing handrails and other hindrances, place the glass and reinstall all the previously removed obstacles prior to completion of the project.

 

Installation of Mosquito Netting @ Bird Valley Flight Cages, Dallas Zoo – At the request of the Dallas Zoo, MetalMan was employed to install mosquito netting over the bird flight cages placed by the Zoo’s staff. The mosquito netting was requested to ensure the safety of animals utilized in the Zoo’s bird show and required the installation of netting at great heights.

 

Sidewalk Modifications @ Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – As a result of a patron accident, MetalMan was requested to modify an existing sidewalk near the Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit to ensure the safety of the public.

 

Caging Modifications @ Gorilla Holding Building, Dallas Zoo – Due to animal and keeper health and safety concerns, MetalMan was employed by the Dallas Zoo to make numerous modifications to the existing caging system within the Gorilla Holding Building. This project entailed extensive coordination with the Zoo’s staff as repairs were to occur within active animal areas.

 

Divider Wall @ Giraffe Holding Building, Dallas Zoo

 

Elephant Transfer Pathway, Dallas Zoo – Due to the threat of impending cold weather, MetalMan was employed to fabricate and install a transfer pathway from the existing Elephant Off-Exhibit holding yard of the Giants of the Savanna to the Large Mammal Quarantine Building (Q3). This project entailed widespread grading, the installation of steel I-beams and cables as well as concrete substrate, and terracing of grades for ease of animal movement. As a result of these efforts, the Dallas Zoo has been able to successfully transfer elephants from the Off-Exhibit holding yard to the Q3 facility with ease.

 

Installation of Shade Structure @ Elephant Off-Exhibit Holding Yard, Dallas Zoo – In response to a USDA concern, MetalMan was employed to design, fabricate and install a shade structure over the existing Elephant Off-Exhibit Holding Yard within the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit. This project entailed the installation of a metal roofing system with future electrical capabilities and a disguising façade. Also involved the removal and reinstallation of an electric divider curtain. The project was somewhat difficult due to the height of the structure and the available working hours as this is a very active area of the overall exhibit.

 

Caging Modifications @ Elephant Holding Building, Dallas Zoo – As a result of concerns with animal and keeper health and safety, MetalMan installed extensive modifications to the existing caging system within the Elephant Holding Building. In addition to installing countless crossbars, MetalMan also modified the existing working wall to keeper’s specifications for ease of use.

 

Installation of Hydraulics to Giraffe and Hoofstock Doors, Dallas Zoo – At the request of the Dallas Zoo, MetalMan installed hydraulic components to existing doors within the Giraffe and Hoofstock Holding Buildings to aid in the safe transfer of animals.

 

Installation of Fans @ Giraffe and Hoofstock Holding Buildings, Dallas Zoo – Due to concerns with extreme heat during the summer months, MetalMan was requested to install large fan assemblies within both the Giraffe and Hoofstock Holding Buildings within the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit.

 

Glass Replacement @ Gorilla Exhibit North Bunker, Dallas Zoo – As a result of damage caused by a male gorilla, MetalMan was requested to replace a glass panel in the North Bunker of the Gorilla Exhibit. This project entailed ordering the replacement panel and installing the new glass panel upon delivery. The installation of the glass panel was difficult in that the location was not easily accessible. MetalMan was required to remove existing handrails and other hindrances, place the glass and reinstall all the previously removed obstacles prior to completion of the project.

 

Prime Meridian Restaurant Deck Replacement, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan was employed to replace the existing Prime Meridian Restaurant deck due to extensive damage. This project entailed the removal and replacement of synthetic decking with materials furnished by the Dallas Zoo. All work was performed after hours so as to have little or no impact to the public.

 

Mulch Resurfacing @ Gorilla Trail, Dallas Zoo – To aid in general grounds-keeping, MetalMan was requested by the Dallas Zoo to replace existing mulch beds along the Gorilla Trail in the Wilds of Africa with a semi-permanent synthetic mulch material. The areas mostly affected surrounded the bronze statutes located along the trail.

 

Fabrication of Maternity Ward @ Giraffe Holding Building, Dallas Zoo – As a result of the impending birth of a giraffe, MetalMan was requested to fabricate and install a divider wall to safely separate the mother and calf from the rest of the giraffe population. The divider wall was constructed of materials similar to the existing caging system so as to seamlessly integrate the new wall.

 

Hot Wire Modifications within Giants of the Savanna Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – Due to various changes within the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit, MetalMan was requested to make extensive modifications to the existing hot wire system. Most of the difficulty in this project lay with the availability of the area as this is an active animal exhibit.

 

Glass Replacement @ Gorilla Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – As a result of damage caused by a male gorilla, MetalMan was requested to replace a glass panel in the Gorilla Exhibit. This project entailed ordering the replacement panel and installing the new glass panel upon delivery. Some rockwork modifications were required to aid in the installation of the new glass panel.

 

Installation of A/C Unit @ Donga Holding Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – Due to concerns with impending heat concerns, MetalMan was employed to install an air conditioning system to the Donga Holding Building within the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit.

 

Repair of Play Surfacing @ Children’s Zoo, Dallas Zoo – As a result of wear and tear, MetalMan was requested to perform repairs to the existing play surfacing at the Children’s Zoo. These repairs entailed the removal of existing surfacing, the purchase of synthetic mulch and binding materials and the installation of the surfacing materials after hours so as to not impact the public.

 

Modifications to Existing Elephant Shade Structures, Dallas Zoo – Due to damage caused by elephants, MetalMan designed and constructed various modifications to existing shade structures. The modifications included the wrapping of existing steel columns with concrete which was then dyed to simulate rock as well as the installation of concrete pads at the base of the shade structures.

 

Fencing Modifications @ Llama Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – In order to accommodate the Dallas Zoo’s intention to house llamas in the Large Mammal Exhibit area, MetalMan was requested to perform extensive fencing modifications. These changes included the installation of steel top rails and other structural members.

 

Various Spring Break Projects, Dallas Zoo – In anticipation of the upcoming Spring Break season, MetalMan was employed by the Dallas Zoo to supplement its own staff and perform various activities including painting and other construction related undertakings.

 

Improvements @ Quarantine 2 Trailer, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan performed numerous construction activities in the newly purchased Quarantine 2 (Q2) trailer including the installation of caging systems.

 

Restroom @ Bird Valley, Dallas Zoo – Utilizing an innovative design, MetalMan constructed a new modular restroom building at its Athens facility. The facility was constructed to be ADA accessible and consisted of two (2) separate single hole rooms. Upon completion, the modular unit was transported to the Zoo and set in place.

 

Wildlife Amphitheater, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan designed and constructed a new amphitheater within the existing Bird Valley area to accommodate the Dallas Zoo’s new wildlife show. The project was constructed of steel structure, cedar planks, cedar railings, half-log seating, and show area consisting of a stage, water features and off-exhibit water holding pools. Set in the natural surroundings, the amphitheater facility looks as though it was always meant to be in that location.

 

Prime Contract – Design/Build – Giants of the Savanna Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – As a joint venture partner with SEDALCO, we designed and built this thirty million dollar exhibit in eighteen months time.

 

Self-Performed Work – Giants of the Savanna Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan Design/Build Corporation served in the capacity of a self-performing subcontractor to SEDALCO/MetalMan to provided zoological specialty construction services for the project.

 

H2O Life Support System – On a Design/Build basis, MetalMan developed the design and constructed the Life Support System for the Giants of the Savanna exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. Separate systems are provided for each of the two Predator Habitats consisting of piping, pools, sand filters, sanitation and water sampling devices. The Savanna System included three pools, two waterfalls and a water treatment plant. The gravity based system circulates and treats 2,880.000 gallons of water per day.

 

Heavy Timber, Log Construction & Rough Carpentry – On a Design/Build basis, MetalMan Design/Build Corporation delivered the heavy timber and log construction for Base Cap, Café, Restrooms, Predator Viewing, Predator Encounter and the Giraffe Feeding Shelters. To accomplish this task, we developed detail drawings for all of the components, purchased the raw materials, contracted the fabrication and erected the logs and timbers on site with our own forces. The work included the SIP roof decks and the metal roof decks for the shelters.

 

Strangler Fig Tree – On a Design/Build basis, MetalMan Design/Build Corporation worked with CLR and its Structural Engineer to develop the design for this massive, complex, detailed and functional center piece of the exhibit. Construction of the structure involved foundations, structural steel skeleton, faux concrete, keeper platform, access stairs, railings, electrical, hoisting systems, showers, drains and a wobble tree.

 

Thatching – Furnished and installed faux roof thatching for the Base Camp, Café, Restrooms and huts. Work included underlayment and flashings for a complete watertight system.

 

Site Bridges, Railings and Gates – On a Design/Build basis, secured raw materials, processed, fabricated and erected all bridges, railings, fences and gates throughout the exhibit. Work included both fixed bridges and hydraulic powered draw bridges.

 

Exhibit Viewing Glass – On a Design/Build basis, developed structural designs, fabricated and installed steel frames and purchased and installed laminated tempered viewing glass. Work included glass and frames in the Café overlooking the Predator Habitat, the viewing window at the Land Rover, Predator Viewing and the Donga viewing rail.

 

Elephant Restraints System – On a Design/Build basis, developed designs, fabricated, erected and finished the Elephant Restraint system. Work included the Elephant Activity Stations, the barrier fence, hydraulic and manual gates, restraint bollards, cable systems and “hot systems.”

 

Hoofstock Caging System – On a Design/Build basis, developed designs, fabricated, erected and finished all interior and exterior caging and barriers for the Giant’s of the Savanna’s hoofstock collection. Work included both manual and powered gates.

 

Giraffe Caging System– On a Design/Build basis, developed designs, fabricated, erected and finished all interior and exterior caging and barriers for the Giant’s of the Savanna’s Giraffe collection. Work included both manual and powered gates.

 

Donga Caging System – On a Design/Build basis, developed designs, fabricated, erected and finished all interior and exterior caging and barriers for the Giant’s of the Savanna’s hog collection.

 

Predator Restraint System – On a Design/Build basis, developed designs, fabricated, erected and finished all interior and exterior caging and barriers for the Giant’s of the Savanna Predator holding building and both predator habitats. Work included special function gates with remote operators, fail-safes and gravity latching systems. Work also included the exhibits complex predator shifting systems and two off exhibit holding facilities.

 

Miscellaneous Artifacts and Specialty Items – On a Design/Build basis, delivered the Fire-Pit, Entrance Structure, Thatched Huts, Savanna Themed Tents and the Projects Dedication Sign. Also received, modified, finished and placed the Land Rover on matching sides of the viewing glass at the Predator Encounter.

 

Savanna Restroom Enhancements (DZS Project) – A few days before the public opening of the Giants of the Savanna, DZS concluded that the new group restrooms were not up to their standards. On an emergency basis, MetalMan completely stripped the restrooms of all fixtures, stalls and finishes. New ceramic tile was installed on both floors and walls, exposed surfaces were painted, stalls, fixtures and accessories were replaced and the restrooms were cleaned and opened to the public. From closing to re-opening, the work was performed in three days.

 

Quarantine 3 (Q3) Large Mammal Quarantine Facility, Dallas Zoo – To meet the Zoo’s critical and emergency need, this facility was designed and constructed as a fast-track construction manager at risk project in ten (10) weeks’ time and with a limited budget. The building utilized the steel skeleton from a structure being demolished to make way for the new Savanna exhibit. In addition to the building, the facility includes an outside holding yard within a security fence. Built to house elephants, the building and yard are equipped with heavy bollard restraint system, cable barrier and numerous gates designed to control elephants.

 

Ghosts from the Bayou Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – A fast-track construction manager at risk project housed within the Bird & Reptile Building of ZooNorth. This indoor exhibit was designed with the assistance of Zoo Director, Gregg Hudson, to house the Zoo’s collection of White Alligators. Containing a water feature, basking and nesting areas, extensive landscaping improvements, elevated viewing walkways and swamp-like finishes, this project was designed and built in less than ninety days and with a very limited budget.

 




GMP No. 1 – 2010 Package Six (6) Various Zoological Construction Manager at Risk Projects, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan was employed by the Dallas Zoo to perform various construction related activities under a guaranteed-maximum price arrangement. The projects undertaken during this endeavor included:

 

Animal Outreach Building Enhancements – Project included new exterior canopies, walkways, animal caging, transfer gates and plumbing system improvements. Interior enhancements included a penguin holding chamber with pool, new caging, special function doors, electrical and plumbing work.

 

WOA Access Tunnel – As the tunnel under South Clarendon Drive serves as the link for patron access to the Wilds of Africa and the new Giants of the Savanna exhibit, the pathway needed a facelift. Working with Gregg Hudson and the Zoo’s Graphics Department, an enhancement design was developed. As required by that design, removed and replaced the failing soffits at the portals, cleaned and painted the walls, ceiling and wing walls and painted graphic designs throughout the tunnel. We also designed, fabricated and installed a massive 3-D aluminum sign over the entry portal to the tunnel. This work was completed on an expedited schedule and was ready for the opening of the Giants of the Savanna.

 

Overflow Entry & Ticketing – Due to rapid growth and expansion, the opening on the Giants of the Savanna created an urgent need for additional patron parking. Working with Gregg Hudson and Douglas Dykman, a design was developed to create a new entry to the Zoo adjacent to the Overflow Parking lots. With limited budget and very little time, we demolished existing structures, established new grades, erected fences and gates, and installed new themed concrete pathways. As a part of the project, we also designed and erected a climate-controlled ticketing booth constructed of rock, security glass, and a standing seam metal roof. This work was completed on an expedited schedule and was ready for the opening of the Giants of the Savanna.

 

Front Entry Parking Booth Expansion and Enhancements – To ease automobile congestion at the entry to the main visitor parking area, we worked with Gregg Hudson to develop the design for this project. The work included the addition of a concrete driveway and a ticket taking booth. We also added a new stone façade to the existing structure along with a standing seam roof structure. Supports were installed on both sides of the roadway to support a new overhead entry sign.

 

2010 Children’s Zoo Improvements – To continue the improvements program for the Children’s Zoo, we worked with Dave Roberts, the Children’s Zoo manager and developed a design for the slated 2010 projects. The work included a new ticketing station for the Interactive Bird Exhibit, new heavy timber shade shelters, installation of a play surface and the removal and relocation of existing playground equipment.

 

Overflow Parking Lot Improvements – The opening on the Giants of the Savanna created an urgent need for additional patron parking. The Zoo elected to convert its existing Employee Parking into overflow parking and open the failing south parking lot to public use. We developed an overall layout plan for the parking lots, patched cracks, filled pot-holes, installed surfacing, ADA requirements, new paint stripes, arrows and wheel stops. This work was completed on an expedited schedule and was ready for the opening of the Giants of the Savanna.



 

GMP No. 2 – 2010 Package Eight (8) Various Zoological Construction Manager at Risk Projects, Dallas Zoo – MetalMan was employed by the Dallas Zoo to perform various construction related activities under a guaranteed-maximum price arrangement. The projects undertaken during this endeavor included:

 

Cat Row Renovations – With a desire to get a few more years use out of the old Cat Row, we worked with Dr. Lynn Kramer and Gregg Hudson to develop a design to provide a facelift while reconfiguring the exhibit to display Mountain Lions. The project required the removal of the chain link cage fronts along with all intermediate pipe framing. Had woven wire mesh was imported from China and a single panel measuring 18’ in height and 370’ in length and installed to create the new cage front. Faux rockwork was removed, added and enhanced. Planting pockets and plants were added. The project included the fabrication and installation of new keeper gates and animal transfer devices and restraints.

 

Large Mammal Complex- With the opening of the Giants of the Savanna, the Large Mammal complex in Zoo North was left empty. Working with Gregg Hudson and Dr. Lynn Kramer, a design was developed to modify the complex to house Rhinos and create an area for a vendor to provide camel rides. The work involved extensive demolition, new shade structures, barrier restraints, grading and a loading platform with steps and ramps for the camel rides.

 

Events Tent – To provide a public gathering facility, Gregg Hudson and SSA developed a design for the Zoo’s 7,000 square foot tent to be erected in a low lying area between Wings of Wonder and Cedar Creek. To create the facility, we installed a concrete foundation and slab, textured concrete deck, steps and ramps. The work involved demolition, grading, concrete, plumbing and electrical. To meet the zoo’s need for restroom facilities, we fabricated and installed two (2) pre-fabricated modular restrooms. These portable units are ADA compliant, heated and cooled family restrooms.

 

Wood Decks, Seating and Graphic Curtain – Working from Gregg Hudson’s design, we made enhancements to the Predator Viewing shelter at the Giants of the Savanna exhibit. The work involved demolition, grading, wood deck and seating construction and the installation of a motorized curtain.

 

New Bridge Deck and Sidewalk at Saddle Billed Stork – The work included demolition, concrete sidewalks and the construction of a wood-textured concrete bridge deck to replace a failing wood structure.

 

Savanna Shade Structures & Misting Fans – Responding to demands of the USDA inspectors, the zoo was required to promptly provide shade and moving air for all of the animals housed or displayed in the Giants of the Savanna exhibit. Within the thirty-day window provided, we installed four (4) elephant shade shelters, three (3) Donga shade shelters, three (3) predator shades, a huge canopy over the Strangler Fig Tree, ten (10) fans and five misting systems. The work included demolition, excavation, concrete foundations, carpentry, steel fabrication and erection, log construction, metal decking, shade cloth, thatch, painting, electrical, plumbing and fan installation. The entire effort was coordinated so as not to compact the zoo’s normal operations.

 

Savanna Site Lighting Enhancements – To improve the ambiance of the Savanna for after dark visitors, modifications were made to the lighting systems. The work involved moving and adding flood lights, moon lighting, spot lighting and the addition of colored lenses to all of the exhibit’s large flood lights.

 

Savanna Deadfall Establishment – After the opening of the Giants of the Savanna, we were tasked with adding dead-fall to the habitats. The work involved sourcing the trees, harvesting, transporting, setting and anchoring as directed.

 

Elephant Emergency Stream Repairs and Enhancements – On an emergency basis, MetalMan made repairs and enhancements to the Elephant Stream running along the pathway to the WOA access tunnel. The work involved demolition, excavation, grading, waterproofing, structural concrete, faux concrete surfacing, staining, painting and landscaping.




 

Wilds of Africa River Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – In 2007, the City of Dallas awarded this project to MetalMan, Inc. as a general contractor. The River Exhibit is the largest in the Zoo’s Wilds of Africa section. The exhibit consists of a multi-branch river, multiple waterfalls and ponds. Containing over 70,000 square feet of faux rockwork, the exhibit had fallen into disrepair and developed serious leaks. The project required covering all of the existing faux rockwork with an EPDM liner, proof-testing for leaks and covering with new faux rockwork. Another element of the project was the replacement of the massive display pumping system and the addition of a water filtration facility. Extensive modifications were made to animal exhibit areas and landscaping features. The finished faux rockwork is by far the most attractive and realistic ever constructed at the Dallas, Zoo. Total contract amount was $1,732,052.00.

 

Gift Shop Renovations – Zoo Entry Plaza – As Construction Manager at Risk for the Zoo’s vending and food services provider, Service Systems Associates, MetalMan provided a complete renovation of the existing gift shop. The project involved new display walls throughout the space, new skylight accent feature, new ceilings, bi-fold store front system, new electrical system and lighting fixtures, sound systems expansion, painting and floor tile. MetalMan conducted operations to enable the shop to remain open for business. All work was completed within the short thirty (30) day period provided for in the agreement.

 




Design/Build Services for a Lion, African Penguin, Crocodile, Iguana and Hornbill Exhibits & Other Improvements at the Dallas Zoo. Contract Amount $4,820,052.00 – In 2005, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department awarded MetalMan a multi-exhibit design/build contract. To deliver the services, MetalMan established a design/build office at the Dallas Zoo and the three principals of the firm provided their personal superintendence and management. J.V. McLure served as the program’s Design/Build Manager. Tamara Crooks served as Project Administrator, General Counsel and M/WBE compliance Officer. Frank Argumaniz served as the program’s General Superintendent and directed both subcontracted and self-performed work. The program was so successful that its duration was extended, the budget was increased and numerous projects were added. MetalMan self-performed 70% of the work with its own forces. In 2008, the program was presented with an award from the Mayor.

 

Tamarin Treetops Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – The Tamarin Treetops Exhibit served as a test and kick-off project for the Zoo’s 2005 Design/Build Program. To enhance the ambiance of the area, the exhibit was designed to provide a new facade for the aging Monkey House. The project consists of a viewing plaza, shade structure, outdoor display caging, keeper areas, transfer chutes and indoor holding.

 

The conceptual design was developed by Willis Winters, AIA, Assistant Director for Planning, Design and Construction at the City’s Park and Recreation Department. Bearing upon shallow spread foundations, the structure is composed of CMU blocks, natural stone and steel tubing. Standing seam metal roofing was utilized over the dry areas of the structure. Phantom Mesh was selected to provide optimum viewing for the public. Patterned concrete was utilized to construct the viewing plaza that is surrounded by a railing system fabricated from the Brazilian hardwood, Ipe, and galvanized steel pipe. Extensive landscape planting provided the finishing touch to this beautifully revitalized area of ZooNorth.

 

As a test, the project proved to be a tremendous success and paved the way for the numerous exhibits that rapidly followed. The design was completed in four weeks and the completed project was delivered eleven weeks later. The exhibit was dedicated in June of 2005 by Paul Dyer, Director of the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. A letter from Mr. Dyer relating to this exhibit is included in the reference section of this qualification package.

 

African Penguin Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – The African Penguin Exhibit is located in the Wilds of Africa section of the Dallas Zoo. The project required the transformation of an existing faux canyon into an exhibit for African Black-Footed Penguins. Due to the small footprint of the site and the extensive life support system requirements, a remote water treatment center was designed. A two-story CMU block and cast in place concrete building with glazed tile floors and walls was constructed to provide facilities for keepers and off-exhibit holding for the penguins. The viewing tank was constructed of a stainless steel frame and laminated glass panels. A canopy was constructed of steel frame and covered with synthetic thatch to provide shade for both patrons and penguins.

 

The display area is constructed mostly of faux rock includes beaches, caves, play areas and a waterfall. The public area includes a tropical landscaping, A/V system, seating area, and handicap accessible pathways.

 

Nile Crocodile Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – The Nile Crocodile Exhibit is located in the Wilds of Africa section of the Dallas Zoo. The exhibit was originally programmed to be situated in the Large Mammal Building utilizing the abandoned Hippopotamus Pool. Due to reprogramming, the location was shifted to The Wilds of Africa. The selected site is situated along the nature trail between the Gorilla and Chimpanzee Exhibits. The project’s water feature consists of the crocodile’s pond, a stream and waterfall. Several grass covered areas were created to provide basking opportunities and a large sandy area was provided for nesting.

 

The exhibit includes a holding building and outside containment yard for off-exhibit maintenance of the Crocodiles. For handling, a chute system was provided connecting the display area, off-exhibit yard and the holding building. The holding building is divided into a keeper office, a large holding den with a heated pool and a secondary isolation den.

 

For the visitor experience, multiple viewing areas are provided along the Nature Trail. At the lower portal, two (2) large glass viewing windows provide a panoramic view of the entire display area. At the upper overlook, a rustic cedar railing system, moat and faux fallen tree provide for direct viewing and separation. A third viewing opportunity is available from the trail leading to the Chimpanzee Exhibit. For visitor entertainment, a feeding platform is provided and feeding is visible from all public viewing locations.

 

To improve the ambiance of the exhibit, black chain link fences were removed and replaced by a bamboo barrier constructed of steel cores with faux bamboo covers.

 

Prior to conversion of the area into a crocodile exhibit, it was occupied by a pond that collected return water from the chimpanzee water feature. To prevent the transmission of disease, the Zoo’s veterinarian required the chimpanzee water be segregated from that of the crocodiles. To meet the separation requirement, two (2) 2,500 gallon underground water tanks were installed to collect and return the chimpanzee water.

 

Elephant Holding Building Expansion and Renovations, Dallas Zoo – As a result of an unsatisfactory AZA inspection finding, MetalMan provided expedited design and construction services to enlarge and renovate the existing elephant holding building. The project involved extensive demolition, block masonry, structural steel, viewing glass, coatings, special flooring for elephant comfort, electrical & plumbing. As a part of the project, MetalMan designed, fabricated and installed doors, gates and caging for the elephants. As the exhibit was active and elephants were present, the project presented special challenges and required close coordination with the animal staff.

 

ZooNorth Streetscapes & Concession Building, Dallas Zoo – Under the direction and guidance of the Zoo’s new Director, Gregg Hudson, MetalMan provided design and construction services for ZooNorth Streetscapes. During a four month period, all pathways within the ZooNorth Campus were upgraded and enhanced. Old and dilapidated chain link railings were demolished and replaced with a new zoo standard cedar railing system. Existing curbs were encased in natural stone. Benches and seating areas were established throughout the park. Misting fans were provided for the summer cooling of both guest and animals. Planting beds were created along pathways and the dilapidated plywood vending hut was demolished and replaced with a stone and steel structure topped with a standing seam roof.

 

Kangaroo & Perentie Monitor Exhibits, Dallas Zoo – The Kangaroo and Perentie Monitor Exhibit is located in ZooNorth section of the Dallas Zoo. The project was initially programmed to correct erosion problems cited for correction by the USDA. Through clever design and the intelligent use of available funds, the project transformed one of the poorest kept areas of the Zoo into a modern, attractive and highly functional exhibit. The project includes an off-exhibit holding building for both kangaroos and wallabies. The display area was terraced with rockwork and a lush stand of vegetation was established. Two (2) viewing platforms were constructed of patterned concrete for patron use. Glass viewing windows and overlook fences provide separation and viewing opportunities for patrons. To provide shade at the lower viewing platform, a custom fabricated steel structure was installed. A cable railing system provides separation of patrons from planting areas. An audio system is incorporated into the design to enhance the visitor experience.

 

In the area between the two (2) viewing platforms, a Perentie Monitors exhibit was constructed. The display area is constructed of faux rock, natural rock and plantings. For inclement weather and nights, an off-exhibit cave with heating, ventilation and lighting was provided. The front of the exhibit consists of high planters, bluffs and outcroppings crafted from faux rock.

 

Wings of Wonder Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – The Wings of Wonder Exhibit is located along the southern boundary of Cat Green in the ZooNorth section of the Dallas Zoo. The project required removal of the failing bird containment composed of cable, rotting wooden poles and deteriorating fiber netting. New flight cages containing over 7,500 s.f. of floor area were erected utilizing steel pipe and hand-woven stainless steel mesh. Three (3) existing bird shelters were expanded and enhanced. In addition, three (3) new coops were constructed utilizing a steel frame and poly-carbonate sheeting. The flight cage interiors include water features and lush landscaping. A stone retaining wall, cedar railing and curbs create a 270 foot long planting area that serves as a buffer between the flight cage face and visiting public.

 

Rhinoceros Iguana Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – Located in the ZooNorth section of the Dallas Zoo, MetalMan designed and constructed a Rhinoceros Iguana Exhibit. The exhibit was created by renovating a dilapidated pit at the entry of the Bird and Reptile Building into a modern reptile exhibit. The aging pit was abandoned and was causing the basement of the Bird & Reptile Building to flood. To enhance the ambiance of the exhibit, the design provided for an attractive glass and stainless steel barrier to replace failing steel and mesh. The design incorporated natural stone as a cap for the remaining concrete walls and a surround for the unsightly basement ventilation shaft. The interior of the exhibit was enhanced by the addition of a small stream, circulating pump and pool. Through investigation and remedial action, the cause of the basement flooding was identified and eliminated. The exhibit is now attractive and while it provides an ideal environment for the Iguanas the visitors enjoy close-up viewing of the inhabitants.

 

Saddle Billed Stork Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – In a previously undeveloped area within the Wilds of Africa section of the Dallas Zoo, MetalMan designed and constructed a Saddle Billed Stork Exhibit. The facility consists of a holding building, off-exhibit holding yard, nesting condo, flight cage and two (2) viewing shelters located along the Wilds of Africa Nature Trail. The project was enhanced by the addition of a digital video recorder, DVD player high resolution camera and outdoor viewing monitor for the visiting public. The system is intended to record the mating of the Storks, laying and hatching of eggs and the growth and care of the hatchlings.

 

For the Zoo’s Saddle Billed Stork breeding program, a special nesting condo was constructed. Steel tubing was utilized to frame the walls, roof and doors. The entire skin of the condo is composed of ½” thick, insulated polycarbonate panels. To provide viewing opportunities, the condo doors are skinned with clear Plexiglas. The condo is equipped with an aluminum and fiberglass nesting platform. A pan, tilt and zoo camera is located within the condo and is interconnected with the exhibits digital video system.

 

The off-exhibit yard is constructed of chain link fencing with a stainless steel woven mesh canopy. The flight cage is crafted of steel tube and pipe caging and a cable supported woven stainless steel mesh canopy. A large existing tree serves as the canopy’s center support structure. The non-public walls of the flight cage are covered with vinyl covered steel deer fencing. The public viewing portal is covered with black coated Zoomesh that is almost invisible. The viewing shelters are composed of steel tubes and lattice slats provide shade. Laser cut decorative steel panels are used at the viewing shelter rails. All other rails associated with the project are built of cedar stays to match existing fencing along the nature trail.

 

To enhance to the ambiance of the exhibit, a circulating pond was created. The pond consists of decorative concrete that resembles a river bank with multiple tree roots. Several hollow tree stumps were crafted from concrete to house pumping equipment, electrical connections and the watering hose. An overhead irrigation system was installed to provide “rain” for the comfort of the Storks and to maintain the extensive landscape planting that accents the overall beauty of the exhibit.

 

Pavilion at Cat Green, Dallas Zoo – Under the direction and guidance of the Zoo’s new Director, Gregg Hudson, MetalMan provided design and construction services to demolish the dilapidated wooden pavilion on Cat Green and replace it with a modern steel framed structure with stone columns and a standing seam roof. The concrete floor of the pavilion is stamped with leaves from the zoo and acid stained. Stone edged concrete pathways connect the pavilion to Cat Row and the Wings of Wonder exhibits. The facility is equipped with cooling fans and a sound and lighting system.

 

Wilds of Africa – Monorail Station Roof Thatching, Dallas Zoo – After a decade, the natural thatch roofing of the Monorail Station had rotted and much of it had blown away. Fire codes would not permit its replacement with a natural thatch. MetalMan developed a design to remove the remaining natural thatch, deck the structure with fire retardant plywood and install a synthetic thatch system with a twenty-year warranty. MetalMan purchased the thatching and installed both the decking and the thatch using its own forces. The resulting roof was so attractive that the Dallas Zoological Society moved to install it on all building in the Wilds of Africa Plaza.

 

Entry Plaza Renovations, Info Booth & Building Facades, Dallas Zoo – Under the direction and guidance of the Zoo’s new Director, Gregg Hudson, MetalMan provided design and construction services for a complete renovation of the Zoo’s entry plaza. Improvements included a new entry portal, vending building, bench and planter system, information signage, ambiance lighting and fountain. MetalMan also designed and constructed new building facades for the guest relations office, restroom and gift shops. The project involved storefronts, stone masonry, structural steel, standing seam metal roofing, electrical and lighting. Between the entry plaza and the administration building, MetalMan designed and built a zoo information building with construction to match the new building facades.

 

Rhinoceros Iguana Holding & Fish Quarantine Facility, Dallas Zoo -Located in a remote area in the ZooNorth section of the Dallas, Zoo, MetalMan designed and constructed a Fish Quarantine Facility and Rhinoceros Iguana Holding Building. For economic benefit, the two (2) separate facilities were combined into a single project. The building consists of two (2) separate rooms and an off-exhibit holding yard.

 

The Fish Quarantine Building consists of a single room measuring 14’ – 0” x 20’ – 0” and is equipped with a cooling, heating and ventilation system. The facility also contains a system for treating water to be introduced into the holding tanks. The room was furnished with two (2) fiberglass tanks stacked on am upright frame.

 

The Rhinoceros Iguana Holding Facility consists of a single room measuring 14’ – 0” x 14’ – 0” and an outdoor holding yard for off-exhibit management. The room is equipped with a cooling, heating and ventilation system. The interior is divided into two (2) bedrooms and a keeper’s area by light-weight metal caging. Two (2) special function guillotine type doors with remote operating devices were provided for animal movement between the bedrooms and off-exhibit holding yard.

 

Lower Wilds of Africa Pumping Station, Dallas Zoo – During the construction of the African Penguin Exhibit, heavy rains caused flooding of the Lower Wilds of Africa Pumping Station. All pumps and electrical gear was destroyed and numerous exhibits were left without functioning water features. To cure the situation, MetalMan provided emergency design and construction services. Our solution was to abandon the flooded vault, enlarge the penguin exhibit pump house, re-route the piping from the various exhibits and then install new pumps and electrical service in the enlarged penguin exhibit’s pump house.

 

Ewing Street Support Facility – Site Development, Dallas Zoo – To create areas in Zoo North and the Wilds of Africa, MetalMan designed and developed the site for the Ewing Street Support Facility. Concrete retaining walls were erected, the site was graded and underground utilities were installed along with concrete site paving. Building pads were constructed for the Construction & Maintenance Trade Shops Building and Animal Education Outreach Building & Holding Yards. The site is designed for expansion and to become the Zoo’s primary service center.

 

Animal Education Outreach Building & Holding Yards, Dallas Zoo – Located in the new Ewing Street Support Facility, the Animal Education Outreach Building and Holding Yards were designed and constructed by MetalMan, to replace a failing facility condemned by the AZA. As with many of the holding building designed for the 2005 Design/Build Program, treated lumber framing was utilized on top of a post tensioned concrete foundation. Inside and outside walls along with ceilings were finished with Hardi-Panels. A complex heating, air conditioning and ventilation system was developed to provide quarantine and protect different species of animals from infecting others and spreading disease.

 

Construction & Maintenance Trade Shops Building, Dallas Zoo – The Construction & Maintenance Trade Shops Building was designed and constructed by MetalMan to replace the demolished construction shop in ZooNorth. With 9,800 square feet under roof, the building houses the carpentry shop, welding shop, paint shop, irrigation services, water features and horticultural shop. Due to budget restraints, the design utilized a pre-fabricated metal building situated upon a post-tensioned concrete foundation.



 

Thatch Roofing at Gorilla Research Station in the Wilds of Africa, Dallas Zoo – As a subcontractor to Turner Construction Company, MetalMan performed structural modifications to the building and installed synthetic thatch roofing.

 

Endangered Species Carousel, Dallas Zoo – In 2001, the City of Dallas awarded the construction of a Carousel Pavilion, site improvements and the furnishing and installation of the carousel to MetalMan. The project was designed by GSR Andrade. To ensure “best value”, the architect and contractor worked as a team value engineer and modify the design. By making simple changes to the structure, significant cost savings were generated. The savings were utilized to substitute a tongue and groove wood ceiling for the originally specified T-111 paneling and provide patterned concrete in lieu of a broom-finished floor slab. Total contract amount was $878,000.00.

 

Ndebele Plaza Renovations (DZS Project) – Delighted with the thatch roofing replacement on the Monorail Station, MetalMan was tasked to provide design/build services for a complete renovation of Wilds of Africa’s Ndebele Plaza. The entire area had fallen into a state of disrepair and major improvements were urgently required. Because of leaks, the buildings initially covered with natural thatch had been decked with tin roofs. The metal framed and plaster seating walls had deteriorated and the surfaces were covered with wide cracks and holes. The Monorail Restrooms were in extremely poor condition and the Group Entry Restrooms had deteriorated to a point that rendered the facility unusable. The makeshift vending kiosk was dirty, leaking, falling down and non-ADA compliant. In summary, the entire plaza area was in dire need of improvement.

 

Working with the Dallas Zoological Society, conceptual drawings were developed and budget projections established. The old Group Restrooms and Snack Shop were demolished, and the area was converted to a landscaped seating island. Synthetic thatching was installed over treated plywood on all remaining roofs.

 

The dilapidated vending kiosk was demolished and replaced with a modern, ADA compliant structure designed with painted plaster walls and a thatched roof to match the remaining plaza buildings. The seating walls were structurally reinforced, plastered and painted. The walls of all existing buildings were repainted, and the special Ndebele paint designs were restored. The Monorail Restrooms were completely renovated and brought into ADA compliance.

 

Several landscaped planting islands were installed to break up the wide expanses of concrete plaza. In many areas, failing concrete paving was removed and replaced. The completed plaza renovations restored the original look and feel of the unique African plaza.

 

The entire undertaking, from conceptual discussions through design and construction was completed within a six-week time frame. As desired by the Dallas Zoological Society, the area was completed and ready for presentation to members and guests at the 2005 Zoo-To-Do.

 

Administration Complex Camp (DZS Project) – Project involved design, permitting, demolition, grading, foundations, paving, utility extensions, wood decks, stairs, ramps, skirting, plumbing and electrical.

 

Sting Ray Bay Exhibit & Sponge Bob (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to design and construct a stingray exhibit in a temporary location just outside of the Wilds of Africa section of the Zoo. The work involved the installation of a 2,300 square foot stingray display environment, drainage, electrical service, plumbing, wood decks, fences, ramps and pathways from the Wilds of Africa, a gift shop and pre-fabricated restroom facility. MetalMan also installed the Sponge Bob ride and provided ramps and walkways.

 

Children’s Zoo Enhancement (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to design and construct a playground within the ZooNorth Children’s Zoo. The project involved the erection of three custom shade shelters and a child’s play spider web. MetalMan also installed an array of zoo themed playground fixtures along with 3,400 square feet of rubberized fall protection/play surface.

 

VIP Parking Complex (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to design and construct a VIP parking complex for its members and guests. The project required demolition, excavation, grading, paving, striping, themed fencing and automatic operated gates.

 

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Exhibit (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to design and construct an Aldabra Giant Tortoise Exhibit in the Wilds of Africa Section of the Zoo. The project required the establishment of a secure display yard and the erection of a climate controlled holding building constructed of a steel frame and sheeted with polycarbonate.

 

Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to design and construct a Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit in the ZooNorth Section of the Zoo. The project required the establishment of a secure display yard and the conversion of an abandoned stone structure into a climate controlled holding building.

 

Gates, Railing and Caging for Birds of Prey (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to design and construct bird enclosure caging for the eagle exhibit and to install a cedar railing system, stone curb and planter from the end of Birds of Prey to Snout Route. It was this project that sparked interest and led to the City funding the design and construction of the campus-wide ZooNorth Streetscape effort.

 

Front Entrance Branding Program (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to provide construction services in support of its rebranding effort. The project required the re-painting of the entry signage, fences, gates, columns and ticket booths. MetalMan also installed new banners throughout the zoo and parking areas.

 

Breezeway Concession Stand Renovations (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to design and provide renovations services for the Breezeway Concession Stand.

 

Acacia Springs Aviary Exhibit (DZS Project) – The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) awarded a contract to MetalMan to demolish an abandoned restroom and concession facility and to design and construct a bird aviary in its place. The flight cage was constructed with a steel frame encased with cedar and covered with zoo-mesh. The holding building was constructed of plaster and finished with a thatch roof and patterned painting to match the Ndebele Plaza structures. The exhibit contains a water feature and is situated upon a faux rock base with a rustic cedar railing system. The holding building is climate controlled and the flight cage is equipped with heaters and fans.

 

Guest Relations Restrooms Renovations (DZS Project) – As Design/Builder, MetalMan developed conceptual drawings, coordinated with the Society’s interior designer and produced construction documents for the complete renovation of the Guest Relations Restrooms. The facilities had fallen in to a state of serious disrepair. MetalMan completely demolished the interiors of the restrooms back to the building’s shell. Newly installed elements included, drywall construction, ceramic wall tile, new acoustical ceiling systems, acid stained and sealed concrete floors, new plumbing system and fixtures, new electrical system and lighting fixtures, new vanity tops, painting, toiler partitions and bathroom accessories.

 

Audio Visual Systems (DZS Project) – Under a design/build agreement, MetalMan installed audio visual systems at exhibits and in public areas throughout the Zoo.

 

Erection of Shade Umbrellas and Training Platform at Giraffe Holding Building, Dallas Zoo – As a design/builder for the Dallas Zoo, MetalMan erected of four (4) pre-fabricated shade umbrellas in various exhibits. The effort entailed the application of special coatings to the main posts, the construction of concrete foundations, the erection of the structures and the application of thatching to provide shade for the animals. The contract also required design/build services to construct a training platform within the Giraffe Holding Building. The work includes the fabrication and erection of a steel platform, ship’s ladder and safety railing. The design included the use of FRP grating as the finished standing surface of the platform

 

Emergency Enlargement and Enhancement of Giraffe Exhibit at Large Mammal Building in Zoo North, Dallas Zoo – In preparation for receipt of delivery of new giraffes, MetalMan provided design and construction services to enlarge and enhance the existing giraffe exhibit. The work included the conversion of the abandoned hippo pool into an expanded display area for giraffes. The project consisted of the removal of concrete, installation of new concrete retaining walls, subsurface drainage system, the importing, placement and compaction of fill, surfacing, barrier construction, rockwork and the erection of fences and gates.

 

Loading Dock and Dry Storage Building – Correction of AZA Issues, Dallas Zoo – In response to AZA issues, the Dallas Zoo contracted with MetalMan to provide design/build services for the construction of a new concrete loading dock and dry storage building at the newly renovated Commissary. The work included extensive site modifications, concrete foundation construction, utilities, loading dock equipment, bollards, handrails, guardrails, pre-fabricated cooler box, electrical, plumbing and low-humidity HVAC system

Lemur Holding Building – Correction of AZA Issues, Dallas Zoo – In response to AZA, the Dallas Zoo contracted with MetalMan to provide design/build services relating to surface failures within the underground Lemur Holding Building. The work entailed the elimination of ground water seepage, removal of failing epoxy coatings, the installation of FRP wall paneling and the application of new coatings.

 

Q1 Holding Improvements – Correction of AZA Issues, Dallas Zoo – In response to AZA, the Dallas Zoo contracted with MetalMan to provide design/build services for the renovation and modernization of the Q-1 Holding Building. The work entailed caging elements, resting benches, lighting improvements, power distribution systems, HVAC upgrades, outdoor caging, door upgrades and repairs and the application of new coatings.

 

Commissary Improvements – Correction of AZA Issues, Dallas Zoo – In response to AZA, the Dallas Zoo contracted with our firm to provide design/build services for the renovation and modernization of the Commissary Building. The work entailed repairs to the walk-in freezer, dry storage and coolers, demolition, masonry, plumbing, HVAC, lighting, power distribution, specialized flooring, drainage issues, new food service equipment and the application of new coatings.

 

ZooNorth Entry Bridge Enhancements, Dallas Zoo – Serving as the gateway to ZooNorth, the entry bridge had fallen into disrepair. MetalMan provided design/build services for railing replacement at the breezeway, bridge and central overlook of the Flamingo Exhibit. To provide a unique and decorative railing system, MetalMan’s artist developed a pattern used to fabricate laser-cut cattail panels. An all-bolted post and rail framing system enabled the entire railing to be powder coated prior to installation. In addition to the railings, the project required demolition, stone masonry, concrete repairs, electrical, decorative railing system, area lighting and banner poles.

 

Prime Meridian Restaurant Default Completion, Dallas Zoo – In 2002, a general contractor employed by the City of Dallas to construct the Prime Meridian Restaurant at the Dallas Zoo defaulted and left the project incomplete. When the contractor’s surety refused to complete the project, the City of Dallas awarded the completion effort to MetalMan, Inc. in the capacity of a completing general contractor. The undertaking was detailed, complex and demanding. New problems surfaced as quickly as other matters were resolved. Issues relating to unpaid subcontractors, equipment suppliers and material manufactures created complex and unexpected difficulties. Through creative problem solving measures, MetalMan successfully completed the project within the allotted time period.

 

Flamingo Overlook, Curb & Fencing Enhancements, Dallas Zoo – The original design and construction of the curb and railing surrounding the Flamingo Exhibit was poorly executed by a defaulted contractor, and the results were disappointing to the Zoo. As the Exhibit is a focal point for patrons entering the Zoo, the need for correction was critical. In the capacity of a Design/Builder, MetalMan worked with the Dallas Zoo to develop affordable solutions. MetalMan demolished the existing railings and curbs and replaced it with an attractive concrete base and plasma-cut railing system. The Dallas Parks and Recreation Department arranged for the donation of modular pavestones for installation by MetalMan. The Zoo’s staff performed irrigation extensions and improvements. Landscape planting materials were purchased by the Zoo and installed by volunteers. The resulting project was affordable, successful and a testament to the impressive results of a cooperative effort between the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, the Staff of the Dallas Zoo and MetalMan, Inc.

 

Underground Gas Piping Replacement at ZooNorth, Dallas Zoo – As the winter of 2003 approached, leaking underground gas lines in Zoo North led to the discontinuation of gas service to much of the campus. Initial testing and attempts to repair revealed the entire system was outdated, deteriorated and beyond repair. Recognizing the health of the animals and overall operation of the Zoo were at risk, MetalMan, the Dallas Zoo and the City of Dallas banded together to provide a prompt solution to a complex situation. The cooperative effort demonstrated the remarkable results of a dedicated teamwork approach between MetalMan and the City of Dallas at the Zoo. While MetalMan installed underground piping, the Dallas Zoo and City of Dallas made repairs to the above grade and building piping. Gas service was restored prior to the onset of freezing weather. J.V. McLure provided leadership for the complex and demanding task as Design/Build Manager. The overall effort was cost effective, and a success for all involved.

 

Fencing, Gate & Operator at Elephant Exhibit Yard, Dallas Zoo – In 1999, ARC of El Paso, Texas awarded the design, fabrication and erection of a hydraulically-operated gate and new fencing for the Elephant Exhibit yard to MetalMan, Inc. as its zoological contractor.

 

Lemur Overlook Shade Structure, Dallas Zoo – In 1998, a contract was awarded to MetalMan, Inc as Design/Builder for a new shade structure at the lemur overlook. The work included steel fabrications, pole erection, dimension lumber framing and natural tree-branch thatch-type roofing.

 

Primate Viewing Enclosures, Dallas Zoo – In 1998, C.F. Jordan awarded the fabrication and erection of several outdoor viewing enclosures to MetalMan, Inc. as its zoological contractor. F&S Partners of Dallas, Texas produced the initial design. MetalMan improved the design, prepared shop and erection drawings, fabricated the structural steel and erected the heavy steel framework for the enclosures. Phantom mesh screening was attached to the steel framework. The work also included transfer chutes, vestibules and keeper gates.

 

Primate Huts – Caging, Special Function Doors & Resting Benches, Dallas Zoo – In 1998, C.F. Jordan awarded the fabrication and installation of aluminum caging, special function doors and resting benches in five (5) renovated primate huts to MetalMan, Inc. as its zoological contractor. F&S Partners of Dallas, Texas produced the initial design. MetalMan improved the design, prepared shop and erection drawings, fabricated and installed the caging, gates, special function doors, remote operators and resting benches. The work also included the fabrication of solid door panels, wall-mounted hand rings and FRP drainage grating and frames.

 

Tiger Holding Building – Structural Fabrication & Pre-Cast Erection, Dallas Zoo – In 1998, C.F. Jordan awarded the fabrication and erection of structural steel, tilt-wall panels and hollow core roof planks to MetalMan, Inc. as its structural subcontractor. F&S Partners of Dallas, Texas produced the initial design. MetalMan prepared shop and erection drawings, fabricated and installed the structural steel, erected the tilt-walls panels and set the hollow-core structural roof panels.

 

Tiger Holding Building – Steel Caging, Aluminum Caging, Keeper Gates, Special Function Doors, Resting Benches, Transfer Chutes and Security Grills, Dallas Zoo – In 1998, C.F. Jordan awarded the fabrication and installation of steel caging, aluminum caging, keeper gates, special security gate latches, special function doors, remote door operators, transfer chutes and resting benches in the newly constructed Tiger Holding Building to MetalMan, Inc. as its zoological contractor. F&S Partners of Dallas, Texas produced the initial design. MetalMan improved the design, prepared shop and erection drawings, fabricated and installed the animal products. The work also included the fabrication and installation of solid door panels and FRP drainage grating and frames.

 

Outdoor Tiger Holding Area & Transfer Chutes, Dallas Zoo – In 1998, C.F. Jordan awarded the fabrication and installation of steel caging, roof enclosure, keeper gates, special security gate latches, special function doors, remote door operators and the transfer chutes connecting the outside holding area to the exhibit to MetalMan, Inc. as its zoological contractor. F&S Partners of Dallas, Texas produced the initial design. MetalMan improved the design, prepared shop and erection drawings, fabricated and installed the animal products. The work also included the fabrication of stair and hand railings.

 

Main and Secondary Tiger Display Enclosures, Dallas Zoo –In 1998, C.F. Jordan awarded the fabrication and installation of security steel fencing, keeper gates, special security gate latches, special function doors and remote door operators to MetalMan, Inc. as its zoological contractor. F&S Partners of Dallas, Texas produced the initial design. MetalMan improved the design, prepared shop and erection drawings, fabricated and installed the animal security products. The work also included steel fabrications for the viewing shelters as well as the furnishing and installation of heavy viewing glass at the various shelters.

 

Steel Bamboo for Tiger Exhibit Area Enclosure, Dallas Zoo –In 1998, C.F. Jordan awarded the fabrication and installation of faux bamboo crafted from steel pipes to MetalMan, Inc. as its zoological contractor. F&S Partners of Dallas, Texas produced the initial design. MetalMan improved the design, developed a prototype and security tested and proved the product would contain tigers. Once approved, the steel bamboo was fabricated and the fields were installed by MetalMan. The work also included the installation of heavy concrete foundations. The completed fields of faux bamboo serve as a realistic yet secure barrier between the tigers and the viewing patrons.

 

Interior Modifications for the Gorilla Holding Building, Dallas Zoo – In 1997, a contract for Interior Modifications for the Gorilla Holding Building was awarded to MetalMan, Inc. as Design/Builder. The work included the replacement of wooden and rope climbing structures and the fabrication and installation of steel wall rings for the Gorillas’ enjoyment.

 

Pre-Fabricated Flamingo Holding Building for the Wilds of Africa, Dallas Zoo – In 1997, a contract to construct and install a pre-fabricated flamingo holding building was awarded to MetalMan, Inc. as Design/Builder. The work included site preparation, building construction, heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical systems.

 

Kimberly-Clarke Chimpanzee Forest Exhibit, Dallas Zoo – In 1996, the City of Dallas awarded this project to MetalMan, Inc. as a general contractor. This was the firm’s initial zoological undertaking. The project was designed by HKS, Inc. and included a complex holding building, caging, special function doors, climbing structures, transfer chutes, moat, retaining wall, enclosure fencing, water features, faux rockwork, viewing shelters, rails, viewing glass, storage building, landscaping and special surfaced pathways. Given that MetalMan’s offer was 35% less than the other bidders as well as the firm’s lack of previous zoological experience; the City was reluctant to award the project. Based upon references, other qualifications and the overall reputation of the company, the City favored MetalMan with the award. The City’s trust was well placed, and the project proved to be a tremendous success for all involved and paved the pathway for future ventures. Total contract amount was $1,378,000.00.

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