African Forest Exhibit at the Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo located on 55 acres in Herman Park began operations in 1922. It is a home to 4,500 animals representing 900 species. It welcomes 1.6 million visitors every year.

The zoo has expanded several times over the years. The most recent addition is the African Forest phase one, which opened in December, 2010. It covers 6.5 wooded acres and features chimps, rhinos, and giraffes. The African Forest allows visitors to explore and learn in different ways – through traditional signage, interactive elements, and dynamic personal encounters.

Western Specialty Contractors had the opportunity to complete the waterproofing portion of the new construction project for the general contractor, Gilbane Building Company. Western’s work items included:

  • The application of below grade and above grade waterproofing.
  • Installation of sheet good waterproofing membrane and joint sealants.
  • The application of clear water repellents.