Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk

Chicago, Illinois

A model for urban conservation and sustainability, the Nature Boardwalk serves as a natural ecosystem for native Chicago wildlife. Pepper deepened the zoo’s South Pond, and constructed an open-air pavilion along with a free-standing, single-use toilet facility and a ticket selling booth. With an emphasis on education, the project includes a recycled plastic boardwalk around the pond that allows visitors to see animals up close without disturbing their habitat. 

Owner: Lincoln Park Zoological Society
Architect: Studio Gang
Consultant Team: Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Shaw Sustainable Design Solutions of Illinois, WRD Environmental, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Cosgrove Construction, Fox River Components
Fabricators: RLD Company, Shelton Lam and Deck, Atomic Props, Sunrise Fiberglass