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Jeremy Hoffman



Thursday May 21, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

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Willows on Westfield 
6729 E Westfield Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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Indianapolis Chapter CSI May 2015 Meeting: 

The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo: Designing for Two Species

The CSI Indianapolis Chapter is holding their May Chapter Meeting on Thursday 21 May 2015 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Willows on Westfield.

“The program focuses on the idea of designing a facility that is optimized for two species. Our buildings are always designed for people.   But what does it mean to design for people but also to design for a different - but nevertheless sentient and highly intelligent - species.  We'll also talk about what the facility means culturally for Indianapolis.”

 The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo, a 17,500-square foot exhibition and conservation center for orangutans, is one the most innovative zoo exhibits in the world.  The exhibit was specifically designed to meet the physical, social, and intellectual needs of the species, honoring the client’s wish to establish the most technologically and functionally advanced orangutan facility in the world.

 Through state-of-the-art exhibits and interactive computer games, visitors are offered an unprecedented intimate level of interaction with one of the planet’s most endangered primates. A landmark project in the arena of animal husbandry, the facility affords its occupants the freedom to travel in and around the exhibit building with greater mobility than the human visitors. The facility allows its unique inhabitants to ascend a 75-foot tall climate-controlled interior viewing space, access two outdoor yards, and freely traverse and nest about an outdoor network of masts, cables and platforms – collectively referred to as the Hutan Trail. The iconic 150-foot tall “Beacon of Hope” serves as a reminder and catalyst of dialog related to the species’ endangerment and the zoo’s ongoing conservation efforts.

About the Presenters:

Jonathan Hess, AIA is a Principal and the President of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf in Indianapolis.  He was Partner-in-Charge and the Lead Designer on the Orangutan Exhibit.  Jonathan’s distinctive designs provide innovative architectural solutions that exceed expectations, and stand the test of time.  Jonathan leads the firm’s Cultural and Higher Education markets.  He is also recognized for his work on the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Other projects include IU Jacobs School of Music, IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design and Butler University Schrott Center for the Arts.


Daniel Overbey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M is the Director of Sustainability for Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf in Indianapolis.  He was Project Architect and BIM Manager on the Orangutan Center.  His practice and writing focuses on high-performance building design and construction, applied research in environmental systems, LEED-related services, and energy modeling. He has been published in USGBC+, High Performing Buildings, EcoBuilding Pulse, Architecture Las Vegas, and many other outlets.  Overbey is also a building science educator at the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Institute.