The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960’s facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space for animal care, research, and training programs. Working with the veterinarians and staff, Noll & Tam Architects designed the space to best meet their needs. The ground floor provides space for X-ray, surgery, medical support spaces, food preparation facilities, and a laboratory for urgent testing. Meanwhile, the second floor houses a larger research lab, conference rooms, veterinary staff offices, a staff lounge, and a break room.
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Built into the hillside, the building uses solar passive design and orientation to maximize daylight and views while minimizing heat gain. A rooftop photovoltaic system provides a significant portion of the building’s electricity and efficient climate control reduces energy use. Noll & Tam Architects also utilized renewable, recycled-content, and high-performance materials, sustainably harvested wood, water conservation strategies, and an electric vehicle charging station. The project was recently awarded LEED Gold certification.
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