Published on January 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine0
Tracy Aviary Guest Service and Education Building
AIA Utah 2012 Merit Award Winner
ajc architects, Salt Lake City
Big-D Construction, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
The nation’s oldest aviary in the heart of Salt Lake’s Liberty Park received a much-needed face-lift thanks to funding from a 2008 bond proposition and funds generated by Friends of Tracy Aviary (FOTA). Tracy Aviary’s new LEED Gold certified Visitor’s Center incorporates a patterned metal skin over glass that embodies both the function and aesthetic of trees. Developed in collaboration with the architect, contractor, and the architectural metals manufacturer, a system of water-jet cut metal panels incorporates an abstract pattern that suggests tree canopy and branches while at the same time evoking an illusion of birds in flight. The Visitors Center’s plan follows a ‘Z’ form, weaving building and visitor circulation around art, trees and the Pelican Pond. Two ‘L’ shaped building wings form this Z, and embrace an Entry Plaza on the north side of the building and an Orientation Plaza to the south. At ground level the west wing of the building encompasses the admissions and gift shop, while the east holds multi-purpose space to be used for bird shows, orientation, education and other events.