A William Charles Company

Entertainment / Zoo Construction


In the past decade, Ragnar Benson has risen to become one of the premiere zoo contractors in the Chicago area, as evidenced by our multiple award-winning projects. We fully understand the importance of developing a safe and secure facility for the animals while providing an entertaining and educational experience for the public. And it shows in all of our projects, whether we're performing as general contractors, handling construction management or design/build construction.

Entertainment / Zoo Projects

Great Bear Wilderness

Brookfield Zoo – Great Bear Wilderness

This new exhibit is the single largest project that Brookfield Zoo has undertaken in its 75-year history and is part of an overall zoo renovation program. The Great Bear Wilderness is the new home for Brookfield Zoo's polar bears, brown bears, bison and bald eagles and is integrated with Regenstein Wolf Woods and Indian Lake exhibits. Additional features include an interpretive tunnel that leads guests below the animals; a “bison bunker” that offers a...