Beardsley Zoo – Andean Bear Exhibit

  1. All Projects
  2. Beardsley Zoo – Andean Bear Exhibit

The city of Bridgeport’s 2019 plans to expand Beardsley Zoo – its most popular family attraction – became Diversity Construction’s gain later that year when the $1.975 million contract for the project was signed in November. 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 was completed in summer 2022.

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 Us

Contact: James A. Keaney Jr.

Diversity Construction Group, LLC
669 Center Street
Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone: 203-303-1317
Fax: 203-303-1329