Know Quality

Excellence is found in the details of every project - from design to completion, Smoot Construction knows how to execute on the time and at budget, without sacrificing quality or safety. Know our work and know our pride. Know Smoot.

Columbus Zoo Polar Frontier

Designed to represent an abandoned mining town, the Polar Frontier exhibit features animals native to colder climates including the Arctic Fox, Alaskan Brown Bears and Polar Bears. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the polar bears’ habitat which features a 1.3-acre yard with dig pits, smell ports and two pools. The larger 167,000-gallon still pool contains brackish water and is equipped with underground geothermal tanks that maintain the year-round water temperature between 55 and 65 degrees. An underwater viewing area formed by a curved piece of acrylic that is five-inches thick allows visitors to view the bears in their aquatic playground. A smaller surge pool provides a tidal effect for the bears.

A former church has been renovated to house interpretative exhibits, educational space, a viewing deck, restrooms and a gift shop. The compound also includes support buildings housing complex water filtering and treatment systems, and animal containment facilities.

The Polar Frontier exhibit also includes a concession area and a themed playground for children.


Project Details

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Civic and Cultural