John G. Shedd Aquarium Renovation & Expansion

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project at a glance

The Amazon Rising reorganized 16,000 square feet of existing gallery and support spaces in the John G. Shedd Aquarium.  Approximately 12,000 square feet of structure was demolished above and around original building operations with care to have minimal impact on visitors, staff and the animals.

Traditional specimen tanks and their small glass windows were removed and replaced with large, full-height acrylic panels providing expanded views into the enlarged tanks and allowing the original back-of-house skylights to bring daylight into previously dark viewing galleries. Life support and mechanical systems were added to sustain the regional animals including Pirhana, pygmy marmoset, a sloth, turtles, an anaconda and a dwarf caiman.  A new mechanical system was installed to meet the particular ventilation requirements of this unique exhibit.  New lighting, audio-visual systems, climate controls and fogging devices were employed to simulate the tropical environment for the visitor as well as the animals. 

In addition to the Amazon exhibit, other renovations and expansions of the Shedd Aquarium occurred including the Caribbean Reef & Rotunda Exhibit, the Philippines Exhibit , a water feature on site and miscellaneous infrastructure work and entry modifications.

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