National Zoo Police Station Renovation
The Smithsonian Institution (SI) has submitted preliminary and final site and building plans for the renovation of the existing Police Station building and construction of a new Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) multi-use event space and public restroom building with associated exterior plaza, located in the Lower Olmstead precinct of the National Zoo near the Lower Zoo entry.
The project is comprised of two separate sites, located along Olmstead Walk, on each side of Mane Restaurant. The first site is the existing Police Station and Restroom building, surrounded by Mane Restaurant to the east, the Prairie Playland Exhibit to the west, the Amazonia Exhibit to the south and the Great Cats exhibit to the north. The second site is occupied by the existing open air picnic pavilion, surrounded by the Mane restaurant to the west, the Kid’s Farm Exhibit to the east and the Bandshell and Lion/Tiger Hill to the north across Olmstead Walk. The project entails renovation of the existing 9,632 square-foot Police Building, construction of a new 2,000 square-foot addition to accommodate a new elevator, stair and vehicular storage and recharging area on the south side of the building and minor site improvements. The project is necessary to accommodate program needs of the Office of Protection Services’ (OPS) National Zoological Park Police (NZPP) and Occupational Health Service (OHS), comply with current building codes, address lack of accessibility and maintenance issues. The existing restroom facilities leak into the office functions below, and the spiral stair does not provide adequate access.