The aquarium was designed by EHDD and opened in 1984. Rutherford + Chekene (R+C) was structural, geotechnical, civil and life-support system engineer. The project involved installing two 350,000-gallon, reinforced concrete tanks on decks built largely over piers. It also involved inserting six large, high-rate sand filters and several thousand feet of corrosion-resistant piping. The second phase of construction involved the addition of the Outer Bay Waters wing—opened in 1996—which includes a one-million gallon seawater tank that features one of the largest acrylic windows in the world.
Rutherford + Chekene continues our relationship with the aquarium and is currently providing structural and geotechnical engineering for the aquarium’s new Ocean Education and Leadership Center. The new 29,000 sf building will be located a few blocks from the aquarium and will include classrooms, offices, and meeting and event spaces and is targeting LEED Platinum.
Principal Alan Kren has worked extensively on numerous projects at the aquarium. He is “inspired by the aquarium because they are an institution that truly delivers on their mission to respect and protect the marine environment and to educate the public about ocean health.”