Breaking News.. The Future of Atlanta’s Cycloroma

The 90 year old building next door to Zoo Atlanta, which is the home to the famous painting, The Cyclorama, may become a restaurant and event location for weddings, parties and such. It has been heavily speculated that this building might become an actual exhibit for Zoo Atlanta in the next year or two, but the latest design proposed by the Epsten Group includes a viewing area where patrons can peer into the Zoo’s Savanna habitat and catch glimpses of the African wildlife.  


Zoo Atlanta visitors will soon have a unique opportunity to meet, greet, and dine while overlooking African elephants, zebras, and giraffes in their savanna habitat. Upon its relocation to the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta’s iconic Cyclorama painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta will make way for Zoo Atlanta’s newest event space and African savanna wildlife viewing experience with help from Epsten Group. The firm has announced that it has been selected by Zoo Atlanta to provide architectural, interior design, LEED consulting, and energy modeling services for this sustainable renovation and preservation project.


Although known for their work around the globe, Epsten Group has had a significant impact with sustainable design and helping to revitalize communities. The Zoo, in their opinion, is a community for the animals and a tremendous resource for Atlanta and Georgia. The inclusion of the Cyclorama, which will create a multi-purpose event space and house a fine dining restaurant, will be a tremendous economic resource for not only the Zoo, but for the local Grant Park community. The repurposing of the Cyclorama is consistent with Epsten Group’s approach to sustainability and historic preservation; retrofitting existing construction is smart technology.

Since 2008, Epsten has worked with Zoo Atlanta on several projects, including:
• Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure – The Zoo’s interactive parakeet feeding aviary with a fly-over feature
• Trader’s Alley: Wildlife’s Fading Footprints — A full renovation of the Sumatran tiger habitat, the addition of Malayan sun bears and raccoon dogs, a new Asian wreathed hornbill habitat, and several anti-poaching instillations
• Complex Carnivores – This series of mammal exhibits was a follow-up to Trader’s Alley and included a revitalization of the Zoo’s 20+ year old Sumatran tiger and clouded leopard viewing areas, complete with a tactile instillation featuring model skulls and bones, while also introducing bush dogs, binturong and fossa to the Zoo.

“Epsten Group is focused on regenerative architecture, and we believe in Zoo Atlanta’s conservation efforts. We are thrilled to be engaged with them in particular on this Grant Park meeting facility with views of big wildlife of the earth’s savannas, which will give our city’s human occupants the opportunity to connect with our global animal occupants like none other.” says Dagmar Epsten, Epsten Group’s president and CEO.

“Epsten Group has an outstanding reputation of partnership with Zoo Atlanta on several of our large-scale projects in recent years, and we’re pleased to partner with them on a transformative project that marks an exciting new chapter for Zoo Atlanta,” said Raymond B. King, Zoo Atlanta President and CEO. “We’re proud to engage and, in turn, showcase the vision and creativity found in our local business community.”

In addition to the new event space, the project also includes a new grand entry plaza, which can be used for community activities, and collaborative office space for Zoo Atlanta’s administrative staff. The current completion date is expected in 2018, and Epsten Group will, at minimum, pursue a LEED Silver certification for the project.

About Epsten Group

Established in Atlanta in 1991, Epsten Group is a global leader in sustainable design offering a wide range of services, including architecture, interior design, energy modeling, commissioning, retro-commissioning, building envelope consulting, and roofing and waterproofing consulting. The firm designs and manages projects in commercial, institutional, government and residential markets. Epsten Group is an 8(a) certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. Epsten Group has received numerous awards for their work in all project phases from design to operation, has twice been recognized as one of the Top 300 Small Businesses of the South and is ranked on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing private companies in America. Epsten Group is also the global leader in LEED reviews, having conducted certification reviews for 7,000 projects in more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit




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