The city of Bridgeport’s plans to expand Beardsley Zoo – its most popular family attraction – became Diversity Construction’s gain when the $1.975 million contract for the project was signed in November 2019. Construction on the new home for this rare South American short-faced bear finally began in spring 2021 after COVID-19 related delays. Highlights of the proposed exhibit include:
- a heated 2,400 SF house with concrete foundation and wood truss roof
- a sloping landscape with climbing structures and fallen trees to provide the bears shelter from rain
- interior and exterior viewing areas and platforms for visitors.
Construction is expected to be completed in June 2022.
Project at a Glance
Beardsley Zoo – Andean Bear Exhibit
Client: City of Bridgeport CT
Architect/Engineer: Zoo Design Inc./DTC
Project Delivery: Diversity Design Build
“Diversity…has been doing such a wonderful job of keeping on track, getting this project going.” – Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho on Facebook Live on March 23 regarding the construction progress of the Andean Bear exhibit.
Contact: James A. Keaney Jr.
Diversity Construction Group, LLC
669 Center Street
Wallingford, CT 06492