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Milwaukee County Zoo Pachyderm Building - Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Milwaukee County Zoo Pachyderm Building - Milwaukee, Wisconsin R.A. Smith National recently provided 3D scanning and modeling services for this multi-phase project, which includes a 1,400 square foot addition to the Zoo’s existing pachyderm building housing two female hippos. The subsequent phase will include a larger habitat, including a new 70,000 gallon aquarium with an underground viewing area for visitors to watch the hippos swim.

The challenge was to provide a dimensionally accurate as-built 3D model of the existing facility’s basement level, which included structural, piping and electrical elements.

R.A. Smith National utilized a 3D scanner and specialized modeling software to create the model. This model was used by Mortenson’s Integrated Construction Coordinator to coordinate the design of the new MEP systems needed for the additions to the existing facility. This process helped to ensure the constructability of the project during design and it protected the integrity of the design during the construction phase of the project.

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