Sunday, September 30, 2007

What's Next?

W.M. Jordan crews will put up temporary walls in the lobby area the week of October 1st to block off the old store so that the new admissions and Guest Services area can be built. Opening in early 2008, the new admissions area will be the last area turned over to the aquarium until Fall 2008.

Favorite Exhibits Find New Home!

Many of the interactive exhibits that were located in the galleries that are now being renovated have been moved to other areas of the aquarium. The large wave tank, a favorite of school groups, was moved last Spring to the Promenade hallway. Last week employees of Hardwood Concepts installed the cabinetry for the wave tank - just in time for several facility rental events! Tim Scott, Curator of Scientific Exhibits, projected that the exhibit should be fully functional in just a few weeks.

Red Sea Aquarium Area Takes Shape

As piling work for the red sea aquarium nears completion work on the 2nd floor service area has begun. Steel support beams for the 2nd floor can be seen in the upper right of the photo below.

New Store Opens!

The new aquarium store opened on September 28th. Although Ruth Ann is still waiting on a few fixtures the new store looks great! Special thanks to Chuck Arthur and John Gresock who picked out the fabric that is being used to line the jewelry cases (you guys have quite the eye for color!)

Stop by and visit or, better yet, buy something!

"Signage" Added to Help Guests Navigate

In response to guest feedback the aquarium's signage team met to review guest flow and navigation through the areas being renovated. Several large signs were added to help guests find their way.