During the rehab of this former factory, reused and reusable materials were selected over the throwaway kind. The building, now a restaurant, features tables made of reclaimed wood, and walls covered with wood slats from a dismantled barn. Replaceable carpet squares are on the office floors. Also, to maintain indoor air quality, non-toxic, low-volatility paint was used on building surfaces.
When planning the conversion of Brookfield Zoo's former reptile house into a conservation center, designers selected sustainable materials for use throughout the building, even the bathrooms. Furniture, floors, and carpeting are made from recycled materials, and adhesives and paints contain minimal volatile content. Also, the new center reflects creative reuse of original brick and other components.