Just in: Updated Renderings of the Building Exterior, Floor Plan, and Site!
Over the past few months, Pratt project architects, engineers and staff have been developing the new building design and site plan.
One change to the previous schematic design includes the location of air handling systems, creating a new roof line. Tweaks have also been made to remove the need for pillars in the main gallery and gain more overhead space for the gray whale. To better account for existing slopes and handicapped access, the Phase 1 Site Plan has been modified.
Design Development will be completed in early August, and construction drawings will be completed in the fall. We will be shovel-ready by the end of the year!
Substantive planning work on aquaria and exhibit design is in the works and we’ll have some exciting drawings to show off very soon! Exhibit design will continue through 2016.
Fundraising also continues. We expect the State’s budget situation will delay the construction timeline. We are working on other sources of funding in lieu of the remaining piece of the State appropriation that was originally requested.