Giant shark tank forms centrepiece of Georgia Aquarium expansion | attractionsmanagement.com news
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs . News . Features . Video . Products . Magazine . Handbook . Advertise . Contact  
NEWS
Giant shark tank forms centrepiece of Georgia Aquarium expansion
POSTED 21 Mar 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
The US’s largest aquarium has revealed details about its major expansion plan, with a new saltwater gallery home to a variety of different sharks at its heart.

The Georgia Aquarium first announced the plans in February, naming PGAV Destinations as lead architect on the project, which will cover 41,000sq ft (3,809sq m) and is slated to open in 2020.

In a new release, aquarium president and CEO, Joesph Handy, said the new development would spotlight “the awe-inspiring species of shark”, taking a line from Jaws and adding that Georgia is “going to need a bigger aquarium”, to house the sea creatures.

Called Expansion 2020, the plan features the new shark habitat and a redesigned entrance. The saltwater gallery will feature floor to ceiling acrylic windows, giving guests an up-close and personal view of the aquarium’s sharks. According to the aquarium, potential shark species under consideration include hammerheads, sand tiger sharks, and sandbar sharks.

As an additional feature to the new tank, the aquarium says it is working on a “number of animal interactions” for the new exhibit, with details to be finalised and revealed in the near future.

“Our focus is to provide a fresh perspective on the vital role sharks play in our oceans’ health,” said a statement from Georgia Aquarium.

“Sharks face many challenges, like overfishing and habitat degradation. Humans pose the biggest threat to sharks and through this new engaging exhibit, guests will learn more about these apex predators and their importance to our ocean.”

Construction work is scheduled to start next month, with a temporary guest entrance opening in September while the main entrance is extended out onto the aquarium’s plaza.

A 2016 study by the Central Atlanta Progress reported that Georgia Aquarium has contributed US$1.9bn (£1.4bn, €1.7bn) to the economy since opening in 2005 and credited the attraction as being a driver for the development of the downtown Atlanta area where it is located. The aquarium is currently in discussions with partners and philanthropists to raise funds for the multi-million dollar development.
The Georgia Aquarium first announced the plans in February, naming PGAV Destinations as lead architect on the project
In a new release, aquarium president and CEO, Joesph Handy, said the new development would spotlight “the awe-inspiring species of shark”
RELATED STORIES
Attractions Review 2018: March


It was an eventful March as, after years of delays, George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art finally broke ground. Meanwhile, the Georgia Aquarium showed off its expansion plans and the man behind a failed Alabama theme park project was given a 10-year prison sentence for fraud.
Georgia Aquarium gears up for major expansion


Georgia Aquarium – once the largest aquarium in the world – has revealed it’s planning a major extension project, including exhibit space and a new visitor entrance.
Great Wolf opens first of three new resorts


Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota opens to the public this December, kicking off a flurry of new launches expected over the next six months.
MORE NEWS
San Antonio's McNay Art Museum embarks on first phase of campus improvements
The first phase of a multi-million dollar landscape transformation plan for San Antonio's McNay Art Museum has been unveiled, with outdoor works of art, increased accessibility and aesthetic fencing to replace the existing tall boundary hedges planned for the Texas attraction.
Angela Merkel on-hand for opening of €28m Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has cut the ribbon to open the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau – a building designed to hold the 49,000 exhibits in the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation collection.
Cincinnati fun park to focus on water experiences at the expense of amusement rides
Providing guests with more of what they want – this is the rationale behind Coney Island's decision to remove its amusement park rides and replace them with additional water park experiences.
Tottenham to debut first standalone NFL attraction outside the US
Tottenham Hotspur is introducing the first stand-alone NFL visitor attraction outside of the US, with the football club adding an American Football tour to its stadium experience.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Education/Operations Manager
Sea Life
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Carlsbad, CA, USA
Audio Visual Design Engineer
Holovis
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Orlando, FL, USA
Customer Relationship Manager
Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Orlando, FL, USA
Project Manager
Legoland
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Retail / Commercial Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Atlanta, GA, USA
General Manager
Madame Tussauds
Salary: Competitive
Job location: New York, NY, USA
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILE
RMA Ltd

RMA Ltd is a one-stop global company that can design, build and produce from a greenfield site upw [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Rebranded EAG International Expo set to become leading trade show for the international entertainment and attractions industry
The newly rebranded Entertainment, Attractions and Gaming International Expo (EAG) is set to become the entertainment industry’s leading and most comprehensive trade event. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

instantprint - Online Print Made Easy!
We're the only online printing company who really gets your business. Find out more...
More videos:
Red Raion: Meet the Team - Introduction – Red Raion
Trailer Pinocchio - A Modern Tale VR – Red Raion
Trailer Peter Pan - Saving Tinkerbell VR – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

16-19 Sep 2019

IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
17 Sep 2019

TEA Western Division TEA Talks Live: TEA Masters

CalArts Walt Disney Modular Theater, Valencia, United States
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2019 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2019 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

04 Sep 2019 issue 138


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2019


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019
Jobs   News   Products   Magazine
NEWS
Giant shark tank forms centrepiece of Georgia Aquarium expansion
POSTED 21 Mar 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
The US’s largest aquarium has revealed details about its major expansion plan, with a new saltwater gallery home to a variety of different sharks at its heart.

The Georgia Aquarium first announced the plans in February, naming PGAV Destinations as lead architect on the project, which will cover 41,000sq ft (3,809sq m) and is slated to open in 2020.

In a new release, aquarium president and CEO, Joesph Handy, said the new development would spotlight “the awe-inspiring species of shark”, taking a line from Jaws and adding that Georgia is “going to need a bigger aquarium”, to house the sea creatures.

Called Expansion 2020, the plan features the new shark habitat and a redesigned entrance. The saltwater gallery will feature floor to ceiling acrylic windows, giving guests an up-close and personal view of the aquarium’s sharks. According to the aquarium, potential shark species under consideration include hammerheads, sand tiger sharks, and sandbar sharks.

As an additional feature to the new tank, the aquarium says it is working on a “number of animal interactions” for the new exhibit, with details to be finalised and revealed in the near future.

“Our focus is to provide a fresh perspective on the vital role sharks play in our oceans’ health,” said a statement from Georgia Aquarium.

“Sharks face many challenges, like overfishing and habitat degradation. Humans pose the biggest threat to sharks and through this new engaging exhibit, guests will learn more about these apex predators and their importance to our ocean.”

Construction work is scheduled to start next month, with a temporary guest entrance opening in September while the main entrance is extended out onto the aquarium’s plaza.

A 2016 study by the Central Atlanta Progress reported that Georgia Aquarium has contributed US$1.9bn (£1.4bn, €1.7bn) to the economy since opening in 2005 and credited the attraction as being a driver for the development of the downtown Atlanta area where it is located. The aquarium is currently in discussions with partners and philanthropists to raise funds for the multi-million dollar development.
The Georgia Aquarium first announced the plans in February, naming PGAV Destinations as lead architect on the project
In a new release, aquarium president and CEO, Joesph Handy, said the new development would spotlight “the awe-inspiring species of shark”
RELATED STORIES
Attractions Review 2018: March


It was an eventful March as, after years of delays, George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art finally broke ground. Meanwhile, the Georgia Aquarium showed off its expansion plans and the man behind a failed Alabama theme park project was given a 10-year prison sentence for fraud.
Georgia Aquarium gears up for major expansion


Georgia Aquarium – once the largest aquarium in the world – has revealed it’s planning a major extension project, including exhibit space and a new visitor entrance.
Great Wolf opens first of three new resorts


Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota opens to the public this December, kicking off a flurry of new launches expected over the next six months.
MORE NEWS
San Antonio's McNay Art Museum embarks on first phase of campus improvements
The first phase of a multi-million dollar landscape transformation plan for San Antonio's McNay Art Museum has been unveiled, with outdoor works of art, increased accessibility and aesthetic fencing to replace the existing tall boundary hedges planned for the Texas attraction.
Angela Merkel on-hand for opening of €28m Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has cut the ribbon to open the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau – a building designed to hold the 49,000 exhibits in the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation collection.
Cincinnati fun park to focus on water experiences at the expense of amusement rides
Providing guests with more of what they want – this is the rationale behind Coney Island's decision to remove its amusement park rides and replace them with additional water park experiences.
Tottenham to debut first standalone NFL attraction outside the US
Tottenham Hotspur is introducing the first stand-alone NFL visitor attraction outside of the US, with the football club adding an American Football tour to its stadium experience.
Kengo Kuma-designed Odunpazari museum opens in Turkey
Kengo Kuma's latest creation – the Odunpazari Modern Museum in Eskisehir, Turkey – has opened, with the architect striving to create a sense of intimacy and warmth through its wood-clad buildings.
Cruise lines come to the Bahamas aid in wake of Hurricane Dorian
Cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Norweigan and Bahamas Paradise are using their vessels and finances to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILE
RMA Ltd

RMA Ltd is a one-stop global company that can design, build and produce from a greenfield site upw [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Rebranded EAG International Expo set to become leading trade show for the international entertainment and attractions industry
The newly rebranded Entertainment, Attractions and Gaming International Expo (EAG) is set to become the entertainment industry’s leading and most comprehensive trade event. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

instantprint - Online Print Made Easy!
We're the only online printing company who really gets your business. Find out more...
More videos:
Red Raion: Meet the Team - Introduction – Red Raion
Trailer Pinocchio - A Modern Tale VR – Red Raion
Trailer Peter Pan - Saving Tinkerbell VR – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

16-19 Sep 2019

IAAPA Expo Europe 2019

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
17 Sep 2019

TEA Western Division TEA Talks Live: TEA Masters

CalArts Walt Disney Modular Theater, Valencia, United States
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS