7350 E Speedway Blvd.
Suite 210
Tucson, Arizona 85710

(520) 326-3700


Phil Swaim
Project Principal

Kevin Barber
Project Manager
Project Architect

The Conservation Learning Center is a physical statement of Reid Park Zoo’s commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and the first LEED Platinum certified project in Southern Arizona.  The building serves as an exhibit that engages and inspires visitors to “live green” by showcasing the practicality of environmentally responsible design while demonstrating the highest standards of sustainable building practices.  Active and passive rainwater harvesting, along with low flow plumbing fixtures, graywater and reclaimed water systems, work together to reduce potable water use by 53%.  The insulated building envelope and efficient heat pumps reduce the building’s energy use by 51%.  Photovoltaic panels generate 48% of the building’s energy needs, providing a 75% reduction in overall energy use.  Recycled and salvaged materials, pervious concrete, and low VOC finishes are additional components to this unique and sustainable design.

  • 10,000 SF Building
  • $3.8 Million
  • Completed 2008
  • LEED Platinum
  • First LEED Platinum certified project in Southern Arizona
  • 53% potable water use reduction
  • 75% energy use reduction
  • Photovoltaic panels generate 48% of the building’s energy needs
  • 2008 Sonoran Institute Green Building
  • 2008 Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Award
  • 2008 Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Facility Award

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