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Animal hospital expansion

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SAN ANTONIO - For 50 years, Jordan Foster Construction has been building in Texas. Established in 1969, Jordan Foster has built a reputation for providing quality work through their core values - Job Done Right, Take Charge, Enthusiastic, Caring and Do The Right Thing; making Jordan Foster the perfect fit for the San Antonio Zoo Animal Hospital Expansion.




    The 1,250 square-foot hospital expansion, designed by Overland Partners Architects cost $1,200,000 to construct in five short months. The project included a surgery room, pharmacy, laboratory, an animal treatment room, laundry room, two animal quarantine rooms each with several animal holding areas and support areas such as offices and workrooms.
    The expansion was a metal-framed building with Berridge metal wall panels and a 2-ply modified bitumen roof system.
    The hospital had to remain fully operational during construction. Building the new surgery room was a challenge that required meticulous coordination and communication since access was only possible through the existing surgery room.
    In order for the animal hospital staff to maintain around-the-clock care, it was critical that Jordan Foster provide regular, from daily, to at times, hour-by-hour construction activity updates to prevent any negative impacts to the animals or the staff. Project Manager Derek Kidd and Project Superintendent Fritz Disch and the entire Jordan Foster team used owner/architect meetings, frequent schedule updates, subcontractor meetings and internal meetings in addition to the daily communications with the client to eliminate any disruption.
    Jordan Foster Construction has been providing Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) services for the San Antonio Zoological Society since 2006, including the Africa Live I and II Exhibit, Zootennial Plaza and Restaurant, and the Komodo Dragon Exhibit. During the San Antonio Zoo Animal Hospital Expansion project, there was clear and frequent communication with the owner. The owner’s office was onsite, which made regular updates concerning schedule coordination efficient leading to no surprises regarding the schedule. Jordan Foster welcomes the opportunity to work with the San Antonio Zoological Society.
    The expansion is part of the zoo’s overall mission to “inspire people to love, engage with, act for and protect animals and the places they live through sharing our passion for animal care, education and conservation.” The new addition met the requirements of the American Zoo Association (AZA) veterinary facility standards and provides an updated facility that creates awareness for animal care and conservation.
    By meeting the requirements of the AZA veterinary facility standards, the San Antonio Zoo can continue to provide high levels of care each animal needs, but with improved efficiency and updated equipment. The new surgery room also has a viewing window for tours or visitors to promote animal care and education. While the San Antonio Zoo has approximately 600 species, not all species can be cared for inside the Animal Hospital due to their size, but all are cared for by the nine Animal Hospital staff members.
    Reader’s Digest recently selected the San Antonio Zoo as the Best Zoo in Texas.
    Jordan Foster is a full-service general contractor with offices in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio, TX. –cmw

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