Fort Wayne, Indiana

Delivery Method:

  • General Contractor
  • Self-performed: Carpentry, Concrete and Masonry


Australian Adventure Plaza

Construction Cost:

$6.2 million


MSKTD & Associates, Inc.
  • Fort Wayne Indiana Children's Zoo
  • Fort Wayne Indiana Children's Zoo
  • Fort Wayne Indiana Children's Zoo
  • Fort Wayne Indiana Children's Zoo

The three-phase renovation of the Australian Adventure included an expanded and remodeled concession building, new restrooms, and dining pavilions. The area was redesigned to look more like a contemporary Australian seaside resort village. Special features include The Reef, a more than 20,000-gallon aquarium, the 50,000 gallon shark aquarium and Stingray Bay. 

Hagerman has provided construction services to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for nearly 50 years. The areas added or renovated include: New Entry Way; African Journey; Wild Things Gift Shop; Indonesian Rain Forest; Australian Adventure Exhibit; Great Barrier Shark Tank; Sea Lion Exhibit and the Alligator Exhibit.

Project Highlights

  • Stingray Bay 20,000-gallon aquarium
  • The Reef 50,000 gallon shark aquarium and a 17,000 gallon saltwater tank
  • Restroom addition and Concession Stand upgrades
  • New Australian Adventure walk paths including a Children’s Creek, Aviaries, Tazmanian Devil exhibit, Dingo Holding Buildings, and Kangaroo exhibit paths
  • No. 7 on TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Best Zoos in the U.S. 2015