John W. Danforth Company

Buffalo Zoo South American Rainforest Exhibit

Owner: Buffalo Zoo
Danforth’s Role: Mechanical Contractor
Contract Value: $2,173,000
Date Completed: May 2008

Buffalo Zoo Rainforest - Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Zoo Rainforest - Buffalo, NY


Buffalo Zoo South American Rainforest Falls Mechanical Contract

Danforth was awarded the mechanical aspect of the project for the construction of the 26,644 sq. ft. M&T Bank Rainforest Falls. The real challenge of this unique project was to find a way to disguise the duct work that maintains the rainforest climate within the exhibit. In order to capture the natural feel of the rainforest, Danforth’s design team configured hidden ventilation inside what appears to be rock formations throughout the facility.

The rainforest is the “Crown Jewel” of the Buffalo Zoo’s new master plan, so executing the job with creativity and precision was vital to the project’s success. The project was completed on schedule thanks to the extensive planning coupled with precision installation that provides the authentic climate and feel to the Buffalo Zoo’s premier exhibit.

Now, the facility is home to numerous rainforest-specific plants and animals ranging from small poison dart frogs to giant anteaters. The facility features a multilevel viewing area that overlooks the habitat, allowing visitors to experience this captivating rainforest ecosystem from an entirely new perspective.


Buffalo Zoo South American Exhibit Project Case Study (523 KB)

Buffalo Zoo South American Exhibit Project Case Study (523 KB)

This case study outlines work done at the Buffalo Zoo’s South American Rainforest Exhibit, showcasing Danforth’s expertise in Sheet Metal Fabrication and Installation.

Buffalo Zoo South American Exhibit Project Case Study (523 KB)