February 8, 2019 Calgary Zoo

Panda Passage Walking Tour

The Calgary Zoo is hosting a free Panda Passage Walking Tour! Reserve your tickets to learn more about Panda Passage, Living Building Challenge and sustainable construction.

When Kim Rishel, Project Manager, Calgary Zoo, was tasked with building the new panda habitat in 2015, she knew that, in order to build a sustainable space perfect for both animals and people, she was going to have to get creative.

Kim reached out to Mission Green Building, a local sustainability consulting/engineering firm. They suggested Living Building Challenge (LBC) – the world’s most rigorous performance standard for buildings.

“At first, I wondered if it was even possible,” Kim recalls with a laugh. “But we decided to go for it and try to make something truly special.”

Living Building Challenge provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment. LBC projects are based off the principle that spaces should give more than they take.

Completed in May 2018, Panda Passage is made with non toxic materials, Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and repurposed materials. It is not only beautiful but also functional, for both the pandas who will live here for the next five years and the people visiting them. Panda Passage is seeking Petal Certification and, if successful, will be the first Living Building Challenge project Alberta.

And now, we want to share our Panda Passage journey with you! On February 25, 2019, the Calgary Zoo will be hosting a free tour and information session on Panda Passage and Living Building Challenge. Beginning in the Discovery Centre and culminating with an exclusive tour of Panda Panada, this unique experience will give you a behind the scenes look at this one-of-a-kind building with insightful information from the expert who built it herself.

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