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Project Tracy Aviary
Owner Friends of Tracy Aviary

Project Size

Phase 2B: 5,735 sq ft

Project Dates

28 months

Project Location

Salt Lake City, UT
Friends of Tracy Aviary

“I have no reservations about working with Big D and would recommend them time and time again.”

– Tim Brown, Executive Director
  • LEED Gold
  • Self-Performed Concrete
  • Green Building Award, AGC Utah | 2013
  • Excellence in Construction – Honorable Mention, Other Specialty Construction, ABC Utah Chapter | 2013
  • Honors Award, AIA Utah | 2012
  • Intermountain Award of Merit Small Project Under $10M, Engineering News Record (ENR) Mountain States | 2012
  • Design Award, AIA Utah | 2010

Project Description

Located on eight acres at Liberty Park (and near the heart of downtown Salt Lake City), Tracy Aviary first opened to the public in 1938 through a charitable act by its founder, Salt Lake City banker Russell Lord Tracy, when he donated his private bird collection to Salt Lake City.

Today, Tracy Aviary maintains a collection of approximately 400 birds, representing about 135 species, many of which are considered rare or endangered. As part of a massive renovation effort in becoming a world-class zoological facility and major attraction for Utahns and visitors alike, Tracy Aviary has begun to completely transform its physical landscape and exhibits.

Phase 2B

Big-D, in conjunction with ajc architects, completed Phase 2B of Tracy Aviary’s master plan. This design-build project included new education and guest services spaces, plazas, amenities, and extensive site work. We constructed 5,735 square feet of buildings, but we also performed site work over a much larger area.

The completion of these projects fulfill Tracy Aviary’s vision in locating the main entrance at the north entrance near the pelican pond, which is one of the Aviary’s largest and most popular exhibits. It features ample parking and integrates seamlessly with Liberty Park. In keeping with its mission as a conservation organization and to preserve the Aviary’s use for generations, the project used environmentally responsible building practices and received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Phase 2C

The South America Pavilion at the Tracy Aviary houses brightly colored birds of nearly a dozen different species. The technology built into this pavilion is the first of its kind—it enables the aviary to double the number of hatching eggs on the premises.

Big-D helped with this phase of the project and built new indoor and outdoor exhibits focusing on the birds and habitat of Mexico and Panama. A new bird show amphitheater, related bird holding facilities, and infrastructure upgrades ensure the safety of the animals and a great experience for visitors. We constructed 4,670 square feet of buildings, but we also performed extensive site work.