Shoemaker/Perryman to Build
683-Space Parking Garage at Philadelphia Zoo

The Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center Project is underway with a joint venture between area companies to construct the much-anticipated parking garage

(July 23, 2012) - The Philadelphia Zoo announced that Shoemaker/Perryman, a Joint Venture will build the much-anticipated parking garage to be completed in spring 2013. The garage is part of the Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center which will increase parking capacity and improve traffic, safety, storm water management and aesthetics in the area.

“Shoemaker/Perryman, a Joint Venture is an excellent fit for our project, with a successful track record building structured parking in a similar setting like the Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center at the Philadelphia Zoo,” said Nina Bisbee, the Zoo’s Vice President of Planning. “Perryman Construction Services, Inc. is located here in West Philadelphia, and we are very pleased to find a perfect partner in our own back yard.”

The 4-story, 683-space parking garage will nearly double the amount of parking available at what is now a surface parking lot. Enhancements will make improve quality of parking and ease of access for patrons who drive to the Zoo via the Schuylkill Expressway or Girard Avenue. The garage will include a pedestrian ramp and multiple elevators and will incorporate a mural created by the acclaimed Mural Arts Program.

“We are honored to have been awarded this project,” said Roger Ball, President of Shoemaker Construction Co. “The Shoemaker/Perryman project team members are eager to put their knowledge and expertise toward successfully constructing the new parking garage.”

“Shoemaker Perryman, a Joint Venture is extremely proud to be partnering on such an important landmark and tourist attraction in the City of Philadelphia. Our firms are committed to working on projects that engage our community and provide jobs for our local contractors,” says Angelo R. Perryman, President and CEO of Perryman Building and Construction Services, Inc.

In addition to the parking garage, the Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center project includes upgrades to traffic signals that will improve traffic flow at the I-76 off-ramps, facilitate access to parking lots, and improve pedestrian safety, mass transit improvements include signaled crosswalks and bus pull-offs at existing SEPTA stops. Other components include new lighting, streetscape and sustainable landscaping on 34th Street, Girard Avenue and Zoological Drive.

The overall developments will benefit Zoo visitors, neighboring cultural attractions, and the Centennial and Parkside communities. The Centennial District Intermodal Center project will also increase the Philadelphia Zoo’s impact as an economic driver in the region, creating jobs spanning many business sectors from construction, materials, services and labor to architecture and design, as well as supporting the Zoo’s own full-time and part-time employment. The $24 million Centennial District Intermodal Center project is financed by federal, state, and city funds, in addition to significant Zoo investment, with financing provided by PNC Bank.

The Zoo is the largest paid ticketed cultural attraction and largest conservation organization in the region.

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