National Zoo’s Bird House Reopens

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The historic arch entrance to the Bird House.

The National Zoo’s historic Bird House reopens to the public today after a six-year renovation. Quinn Evans is proud to be the architect for the building’s renewal as an immersive visitor experience and state-of-the-art animal habitat. The transformed exhibits interpret the amazing story of bird migration, housing birds that spend at least part of their year in North America.

The renewed exhibits were previewed in news outlets including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Washingtonian Magazine, and DCist.

One standout feature of the renovated Bird House is the chance for close-up, interactive experiences.
- Smithsonian Magazine

Quinn Evans led a complex design team that brought together exhibit and habitat design by MIG and Zoo Horticulture Consulting & Design; MEP engineering by Mueller Associates; structural engineering by McMullan & Associates; civil engineering by Gordon; fire protection engineering and AV/IT by GHD; cost estimating by RW Brown & Associates; life support engineering by PCA Global; vertical transportation consulting by Vertran Enterprises; lighting design by Available Light; soil design by Pine & Swallow Environmental; and acoustics design by Akustiks.

Find more information about the birds on view and how to visit the Bird House at the National Zoo’s Bird House webpage.  

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