Aquariums and Zoos

Ocean_JourneyThe Tennessee Aquarium Expansion – Ocean Journey

DESCRIPTION
March Adams provided all the engineering services for the expansion (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, life support and fire protection). The expansion consisted of a new 60,000 square foot “sister” building located east of the existing aquarium. Main features of the new aquarium are hands-on exhibits, such as touch tanks, a butterfly aviary and a 500,000 gallon salt-water tank.

COST OF CONSTRUCTION
$30 Million


MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAVirginia Marine & Science Center, Virginia Beach, VA

DESCRIPTION
March Adams provided civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and life support engineering design services. This project consists of several exhibit renovations and additions, while maintaining the same square footage.
The Outdoor Wilderness Exhibit and the Chesapeake Bay Tank were renovated.  In addition, The Ray Tank was renovated and moved to another location in the facility. The new exhibits consist of a Red Sea aquarium, a Komodo dragon exhibit and various small animal and marine exhibits. The retail store was also relocated and enlarged.

COST OF CONSTRUCTION
$17.7 Million


Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park

Chattanooga Zoo concessions imageDESCRIPTION
March Adams provided all the engineering plans and specifications for the complete campus renovation of the Chattanooga Zoo. The renovation consists of adding several new facilities including an administration building, concessions, patron restrooms, a new gift shop and a carousel.

COST OF CONSTRUCTION
$2.8 Million


tn_aquarium_offsiteThe Tennessee Aquarium – Off-Site Animal Care Facility

DESCRIPTION
Animals introduced into the main aquarium are required to process through the offsite quarantine/prep facility that is 9,000 square feet and contains all the necessary tanks and life support systems required to support the animals being processed for time periods up to one year prior to their introduction into the main aquarium tanks. Life support equipment and controls are identical to those of the main facility, though on a smaller scale. Building HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems are designed to handle the life support systems and building envelope. Communication systems for the life support monitoring and alarm are connected to the main facility via the internet.

COST OF CONSTRUCTION
$1.2 Million