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December 16, 2014

Northern fur seal "Chewbacca" passes away

Seattle- Northern fur seal Chewbacca passed away at the Seattle Aquarium Sunday morning, Dec. 14. Chewy, as he was called, underwent emergency surgery to remove a mass from his gastrointestinal system late last Thursday, Dec. 11. Although he recovered from the surgery, 48 hours later complications arose that necessitated his humane euthanasia.

“Despite his medical condition and through all our interventions, it should be noted he remained amazingly cooperative and never showed any aggression toward his care givers,” said Traci Belting, Curator of Mammals and Birds. “He was an amazing animal and will be sorely missed by everyone.”

Chewbacca, a 13-year-old male northern fur seal, was born at the New York Aquarium and was transferred to Moody Gardens in Texas in April 2011. He came to the Seattle Aquarium in February 2014 as part of an ongoing collaboration with other zoos and aquariums that hold fur seals. The Seattle Aquarium is one of only three facilities in North America that exhibit the species; the others are New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts; and Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. Combined, the three exhibiting institutions now house a total of nine northern fur seals.

The mission of the Seattle Aquarium is "inspiring conservation of our marine environment." Since Washington state is part of the migratory range of this species, the Seattle Aquarium is in a unique position to link our animals to the Pacific Ocean and to increase awareness and knowledge of northern fur seals in the wild and their role in our marine environment.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


  

November 13, 2014

SEATTLE AQUARIUM HONORED FOR SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS

The Seattle Aquarium received two awards for sustainable operations in October of 2014. The first was the 2014 “Visionary Leadership Award” presented by the Seattle 2030 District, or S2030D, a high-performance building district in downtown Seattle that aims to dramatically reduce environmental impacts of building construction and operations.

The Aquarium was honored for energy-efficient retrofits, carbon capture through tree planting and solar panels constructed on its Pier 59 facility, among the largest array on an aquarium in the country. The institution was cited by the 2030 District for embodying “the visionary leadership across disciplines necessary to meet our most challenging environmental goals and for being a champion for water quality and restoration of Puget Sound."

In addition, the Aquarium was honored to receive a “Community Impact Award” from Seattle Business magazine. The awards honored “the region’s most influential community leaders” and celebrated 24 honorees in categories ranging from sustainability to youth development. The Aquarium received a silver award in the “Sustainability in Business Operations” category.

Sustainable business practices are an important part of delivering on our institution’s vision, notes Aquarium President & CEO Bob Davidson. “The Aquarium’s mission is Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. And that’s not limited to our waterways. Every step we take toward sustainability—from energy sources we rely on to reducing our carbon footprint—benefits the incredible marine and terrestrial world around us.”

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About the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is one of Washington State’s leading environmental education and stewardship institutions, and the region’s gathering place for discussion and sharing information about marine conservation. It maintains a number of research initiatives in cooperation with federal, state, zoological and university partners. The Aquarium is located on Pier 59, at 1483 Alaskan Way.

 

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


  

November 3, 2014

$75,000 grant awarded to Seattle Aquarium for sea star wasting disease research initiative

Seattle-The Seattle Aquarium has been awarded with a $75,000 grant from The Boeing Company. The grant funds will be used to support the Aquarium’s sea star wasting disease initiative.

In fall of 2013, sea stars in Puget Sound and along the West Coast began dying from a strange disease that makes them appear to “melt.” Since the outbreak, millions of sea stars have been affected by the disease, now known as sea star wasting disease (SSWD). This massive wildlife disease outbreak, one of the largest ever recorded in history, was first detected in Washington waters.

Since the outbreak began, over 20 different sea star species have been affected, including the primary species in Puget Sound—the sunflower sea star (Pyncopodia helianthoides), ochre star (Pisaster ochraceus), and sun star (Solaster dawsoni). The cause of the disease is not yet known.

In an effort to understand and respond to the massive die-off, the Seattle Aquarium has been actively collaborating with a number of prominent institutions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, SeaDoc Society, Cornell University, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The initiative’s immediate goal is to investigate and determine what is causing the sea star deaths, and disseminate findings to the scientific community, policymakers, government agencies, the media and the general public; the long-term goal is to inform conservation management decisions in Puget Sound.

Objectives of the initiative are as follows:

  • Improved diagnostic testing and monitoring of the disease process;
  • Continued monitoring and sampling of local sea star populations and other related species;
  • To determine whether sea stars improve with calcium-enriched water and/or cooled water to ascertain whether issues such as ocean acidification (reduced calcium in water) or global warming might be impacting sea star health;
  • To provide valuable resources and recommendations for local policy makers, wildlife managers and stakeholders to scientifically inform conservation management decisions for Puget Sound;
  • To provide reliable and easy-to-understand facts about sea star wasting disease for the general public, K-12 teachers and the media; and
  • To contribute to greater understanding of sea star wasting disease among the scientific community.

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About the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium is one of Washington State’s leading environmental education and stewardship institutions, and the region’s gathering place for discussion and sharing information about marine conservation. It maintains a number of research initiatives in cooperation with federal, state, zoological and university partners. The Aquarium is located on Pier 59, at 1483 Alaskan Way.

 

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


 

November 3, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Santa SCUBA Dives at the Seattle Aquarium—photos, music and more!

WHEN: Noon and 3pm: Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29–Dec. 21

WHERE: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, Wash.

WHAT: Diving Santa

Come see Santa diving in the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Bring your camera, take your picture with Diving Santa and stay perfectly dry! Or have your photo taken by our professional photographer so the whole family can be in the picture. Donations will be accepted to help fund DreamNight events at the Seattle Aquarium. 

DreamNight events are evenings dedicated to bringing children who have disabilities, are chronically ill, or who have special needs to the Aquarium for a special night of exploring the undersea world in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

And while you’re here to see Diving Santa, treat yourself to a special seasonal beverage at our café’s espresso bar and enjoy festive music.

 

Live musical performances at 1:30pm on:
Nov. 29—Leonard the Large Elf and Holiday Kiddie-oke
Nov. 30—Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra String Quartet 
Dec. 6—Caspar Babypants
Dec. 7—Northwest Girlchoir
Dec. 13—Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs
Dec.14—Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra String Quartet
Dec. 20—The Not-Its
Dec. 21—No Love for Fire

 

Winter hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm.

Holiday hours: We’re open Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27) and Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) from 9:30am to 3pm with exhibits closing at 4pm; closed Christmas Day (Dec. 25).

Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4-12) $14.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

 

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


 

 

October 14, 2014

Seattle Aquarium receives Visionary Leadership Award for sustainable building operations

Seattle–In acknowledgment of the Seattle Aquarium’s ongoing commitment to sustainable operations, the Seattle 2030 District presented the Aquarium its 2014 Visionary Leadership Award on Thursday.

The Seattle 2030 District is a high-performance building district downtown that aims to dramatically reduce environmental impacts of building construction and operations. The Aquarium was honored for energy-efficient retrofits, carbon capture through tree planting, and an array of solar panels constructed on its Pier 59 facility.

“The Aquarium’s mission is Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment,” said President & CEO Robert W. Davidson. “And that’s not limited to our waterways. Every step we take toward sustainability—from energy sources we rely on to reducing our carbon footprint—benefits the incredible marine and terrestrial world around us.”

The Seattle Aquarium was cited by the 2030 District for embodying “the visionary leadership across disciplines necessary to meet our most challenging environmental goals...and being a champion for water quality and restoration of Puget Sound."

EDITORS NOTE: Photos available upon request

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


 

September 10, 2014

KING 5 News
Rockfish go from the Seattle Aquarium back to the wild!

Seattle Aquarium biologists have return 21 rockfish to their native waters.

Learn more here.


August 27, 2014

The Seattle Times
Puffin chicks at the Seattle Aquarium

See the photos here.


August 26, 2014

Q13 FOX News
WATCH: How to brush a seal's teeth-and more-at the Seattle Aquarium!

There’s still time before the kids head back to school to check out summer at the Seattle Aquarium as a family! One of the highlights: the newest exhibit for the harbor seals.

Watch the video here.


April 30, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Summer Fun at the Seattle Aquarium

WHEN: May 23–June 15

WHERE: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, Wash.

WHAT:

May 23–26, Family Science Weekend: Join us Memorial Day Weekend to explore science at the Seattle Aquarium. Participate in hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations about science and research taking place at the Aquarium. The whole family will enjoy all the fun that science has to offer!

Meet us at the Beach: Summer Beach Naturalists: Start your summer season off with some of the lowest tides of the year.

Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what seastars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. Visit the Aquarium website for all the Beach Naturalist dates, locations and beach directions.

June 7–8, World Ocean Weekend: Celebrate the world’s one big ocean with us. This year’s focus is ocean heroes: everyone, no matter where they live, can help keep the ocean clean and healthy. Learn how with a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations.

June 15, Octonauts visit on Father’s Day: The Octonauts are a team of undersea adventurers who are always ready to dive into action! Their mission: to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures and protect the ocean. Meet Octonauts Captain Barnacles and Kwazii when they come to the Aquarium on June 15. Be sure to bring your camera, as you’ll be able to say “hi” and take pictures with them at 11am, 1pm and 2pm in the Puget Sound Hall.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4–12) $14.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


May 1, 2014

Science News Magazine
Death of the Stars

The biggest known die-off of sea stars is sweeping North America’s coastal waters. Researchers are hurrying to identify the culprit and understand the impacts. One of those researchers helping to identify the problem is Seattle Aquarium's very own veterinarian, Lesanna Lahner. Read the article here and view the slideshow here.


May 1, 2014

The UTD Journal
The Seattle Aquarium Bringing UTD Principles to Scientific Divers

Seattle Aquarium's biologist and dive safety officer, Jeff Christiansen was recently interviewed in Unified Team Diving (UTD) Journal on bringing UTD principles to scientific divers. Read the article here.


April 30, 2014

Seattle Aquarium hires exhibits firm Thinc for expansion

SEATTLE—The Seattle Aquarium announced Wednesday that it has added leading aquarium exhibits firm Thinc, located in New York, to its expansion design team headed by lead architect EHDD. Thinc has more than 15 years of aquarium exhibit design experience and is led by founder Tom Hennes.

"Thinc is an expert at creating transformative experiences—ones that change what people think," said Aquarium President & CEO Bob Davidson. "That is what the Aquarium is all about: helping visitors change what they know, how they feel and how they act to protect our marine environment. The selection was based on Hennes' personal passion for explorable landscapes, leadership, listening skills, empathy for the organisms we share the planet with, as well as his relevant experience."

Hennes' launched Thinc in 1992. He is an exhibition thought leader with many years of experience in the design of public aquariums and museums, including, most notably, the 410,000 square foot California Academy/Steinhart Aquarium which opened in 2008.

Hennes' designs have been recognized with numerous local and national design and museum awards.

"I am looking forward to building on a great working relationship with Thinc Design," said Marc L'Italien, EHDD Principal. "Tom Hennes is a talented visionary and a great thinker. Our collaboration will allow for an influential and reciprocal relationship between architectural and exhibit experiences."

Aquarium expansion
In coordination with the Seattle Central Waterfront redevelopment planning, the Seattle Aquarium expects to expand by 70 percent (from 108,500 gross square feet to 184,500 gross square feet), gaining the potential for exciting new exhibits, educational facilities and increased attendance. The facility's current annual attendance is approximately 800,000.

A detailed draft concept program representing the programmatic aspirations for the Aquarium's expansion has already been completed. The expansion is expected to be accomplished in phases based on funding availability. The budget for the first phase is $100 million with completed construction expected in 2020, when much of the new Waterfront is expected to be open to the public.

Central Waterfront redevelopment
Civic officials have called Seattle's waterfront redevelopment a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reclaim the city's "front door" and transform it into a primary civic space. The new waterfront will comprise 26 blocks (from the stadiums to Belltown) and provide 20 acres of new City park space. With the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the waterfront redevelopment will also reconnect Seattle's waterfront to the downtown core.

Perfectly positioned to be the centerpiece of the new waterfront, the Seattle Aquarium plans to dramatically increase its impact through expanded programs, more educational opportunities and classroom facilities, and additional exhibit space. The Aquarium is owned by the City of Seattle and operated by the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium Society.

Tom Hennes, Principal, Thinc
Hennes entered the exhibit design industry in 1992, but his interest began long before with theatre design. During his career, he's developed a strong reputation for creating spaces that offer visitors powerful personal experiences. His interest in environmental responsibility, combined with unique design aesthetics and responsible site construction invites guests to participate in the spaces. A dive instructor since 1993, Hennes has a personal passion for the ocean and its importance to the planet.

Thinc
Thinc has a broad spectrum of national and international clients, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Mystic Aquarium/Institute for Exploration and the Freedom Park in South Africa.

Thinc’s work features:

  • Original exhibit design
  • Exhibits with multiple distinct views
  • Seamless immersion
  • Interactivity happening between people
  • Illusionistic work
  • Maximization of views per gallon

Next steps
EHDD, together with Thinc, the Seattle Aquarium board and executive staff, life support engineers, cost estimators and others, will develop designs for the Seattle Aquarium expansion that meet the concept program requirements and are integrated into the City’s new Central Waterfront Strategic Plan. The Aquarium will seek input from a full range of stakeholders and submit a preferred design by year-end to the Seattle City Council for its review and approval.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: Facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


April 9, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Seattle Aquarium presents May Days

WHEN:
May 1, 6, 11, 23–26
In addition, watch for upcoming announcements about our Spring Concert Series. Relax and enjoy musical performances by local groups while visiting the fish and other sea animals at the Aquarium.

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA

WHAT:
May 1: The original May Day with a marine twist! The Aquarium’s marine mammals will receive treats of flower shaped ice toys at 11:30am and 2pm.

May 6: The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG—A chance to have your donations to the Seattle Aquarium go further. Visit SeattleAquarium.org for a link to donate to GiveBIG!

May 11: Mother’s Day at the Aquarium—Celebrate Moms of all types, animal and human. As an extra bonus, there will be free parking at select garages and Waterfront parking lots for Mother’s Day.

May 23–26: Memorial Day Weekend–Family Science Weekend
Participate in activities to learn about science and research taking place at the Seattle Aquarium. Hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations will help the whole family discover science in a fun way.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4–12) $14.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


March 28, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Marine Mammal Mania returns to Seattle Aquarium!

WHEN:
Wild orca weekend: April 4–6
Harbor seal weekend: April 11–13
Sea otter weekend: April 18–20
Northern fur seal weekend: April 25–27

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA

WHO:
Marine mammal experts from the Aquarium, as well as experts from Washington State and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries, will be on hand at selected times to talk about research being done to understand and learn from these important sea animals.

Wild orca weekend talks at 2pm
Friday, April 4: Lynne Barre, NOAA Fisheries
Saturday, April 5: Alison Agness, NOAA Fisheries
Sunday, April 6: Juliana Houghton, University of Washington

Harbor seal weekend talks at 2pm
Friday, April 11: Harriet Huber, NOAA Fisheries
Saturday, April 12: Harriet Huber, NOAA Fisheries
Sunday, April 13: Dyanna Lambourn, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Sea otter weekend talks at 11:30am
Friday, April 18: Deanna Lynch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Saturday, April 19: Ed Bowlby, NOAA Fisheries
Sunday, April 20: Jim Bodkin, NOAA, Alaska Science Center

Northern fur seal weekend talks at 2pm
Friday, April 25: Jeremy Sterling, NOAA Fisheries
Saturday, April 26: Sharon Melin, NOAA Fisheries
Sunday, April 27: Tom Gelatt, NOAA Fisheries

WHAT:
Spring brings Marine Mammal Mania back to Seattle! Join us every weekend in April to celebrate some of the biggest and brightest stars of the sea. Activities April 4–6 will be dedicated to the charismatic wild orcas of Puget Sound. April 11–13 will be all about the harbor seals showing off in their new home at the Aquarium. April 18–20 will feature the fabulous, furry and sometimes funny sea otters. And last, but not least, April 25–27 will focus on the sleek swimming northern fur seals, with Commander and newcomer Chewbacca.

Kids and adults alike can enjoy hands-on activities to discover more about these engaging animals. Each weekend, our mammal caretakers will demonstrate how they make ice toy treats for the otters and seals—and visitors can watch to see how much the animals enjoy these treats.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4–12) $14.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


March 26, 2014

Seattle Aquarium hires lead architect EHDD to design future expansion

Marc L’ItalienSEATTLE—Seattle Aquarium announced Tuesday it has selected Marc L’Italien, a Principal with the San Francisco architectural firm of EHDD, to be the lead architect for its expansion concept design project.

“L’Italien is among the most seasoned and respected architects in the world of aquarium design, bringing broad qualifications and a firm grasp of the Seattle Aquarium’s design opportunities and challenges,” said Aquarium President & CEO Bob Davidson. “The selection was based on L’Italien’s personal energy, leadership, listening skills, perception of the issues and relevant experience.”

L’Italien joined EHDD in 1990 and has more than 20 years of experience in the design of public aquariums and waterfront projects, including, most notably, the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s beloved museum of science, art and human perception that moved to its new home on the Embarcadero last year.

He is currently the principal in charge of EHDD’s aquariums, zoos and museums practice. His designs have been recognized with numerous local and national design, architecture and museum awards.

Aquarium expansion
In coordination with the Seattle Central Waterfront redevelopment planning, the Seattle Aquarium expects to expand by 70% (from 108,500 gross square feet to 184,500 gross square feet), gaining the potential for exciting new exhibits, educational facilities and increased attendance. The facility’s current annual attendance is approximately 800,000.

A detailed draft concept program representing the programmatic aspirations for the Aquarium’s expansion has already been completed. The expansion is expected to be accomplished in phases based on funding availability. The budget for the first phase is $100 million with completed construction expected in 2020 when much of the new Waterfront is expected to be open to the public.

Central Waterfront redevelopment
Civic officials have called Seattle’s waterfront redevelopment a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reclaim the city’s “front door” and transform it into a primary civic space. The new waterfront will comprise 26 blocks (from the stadiums to Belltown) and provide 20 new acres of City park space. With the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the waterfront redevelopment will also reconnect Seattle’s waterfront to the downtown core.

Perfectly positioned to be the centerpiece of the new waterfront, the Seattle Aquarium plans to dramatically increase its impact through expanded programs, more educational opportunities and classroom facilities, and additional exhibit space.

Marc L’Italien
The EHDD website describes L’Italien (FAIA, LEED® AP, BD+C) as “an exceptional designer involved in significant academic and public projects. Marc has developed a methodology of working closely with clients and users to successfully manage complex issues and ideas. His goal is to create designs that intelligently and sustainably incorporate the essential qualities of the project’s mission. Marc has designed and directed a number of complex projects including the John G. Shedd Aquarium’s $80 million Facility Master Plan. He is design principal for the new Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco.”

EHDD
EHDD has a deep portfolio of aquarium work; the most relevant to the needs of the Seattle Aquarium are the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and the Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco. Both institutions cultivate a sense of wonder, community and civic responsibility for the waterfronts on which they reside.

On one or both of these projects, EHDD worked with:

  • facilities partially or totally over water
  • construction scheduled around tides (remaining open during construction)
  • multi-phased operations
  • major building expansions designed to withstand seismic forces
  • multiple agency involvement
  • flexible, changing exhibit space and use as event venue
  • adaptive re-use of selected structures
  • located on an historically significant property
  • significant life support systems and salt water intake; radiant heating and cooling

EHDD has a strong commitment to sustainability and a goal of setting a new standard for energy consumption in the Seattle Aquarium.

Next steps
Drawing on the deep technical and advanced software capabilities of his firm, L’Italien will, together with the Seattle Aquarium board and executive staff, select a team of exhibit designers, life support engineers, cost estimators and others. L’Italien and the team will be charged with developing alternative designs for the Seattle Aquarium expansion that meet the concept program requirements, and recommending a preferred design based on input from the variety of stakeholders. By this fall, the Seattle Aquarium will be submitting the preferred design to the Seattle City Council for their review/approval.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $21.95; Youth (4-12) $14.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org