What has 1,100 tons of reinforcing steel (the same weight as 55 whale sharks) and 206 tons of structural steel (about 8,240 emperor penguins)? The new $100 million expansion at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, that’s what! The largest aquarium in the western hemisphere is staged to grow even bigger with the expansion expected to be completed in fall 2020.
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, “A $100 million expansion at one of Atlanta’s top tourist attractions just hit a construction milestone. The framework is complete at the Georgia Aquarium for a striking, four-level structure that will bring a new shark exhibit to downtown. General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie and city officials celebrated the topping-out last week. The centerpiece of expansion is a one-million-square-foot shark exhibit, which could include hammerheads, sand tigers, sandbars and silvertips. The expansion, which will add a seventh gallery to the aquarium, is one of the most expensive in its history.”
Brasfield & Gorrie is collaborating with Peckham, Guyton, Albers & Viets Architects on the project.