Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings - aquariums

Designers: Esherick, Homsey, Dodge, and Davis (EHDD) (firm); Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK) (firm); Charles M. Davis (architect); Peter Hampton Dodge (architect); Joseph Esherick Jr. (architect); George Francis Hellmuth (architect); George Homsey (architect); George Edward Kassabaum (architect); Gyo Obata (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

total floor area: 156,735 sq. ft.

Designers of the Monterey Bay Aquarium (1984), San Francisco architecture firm Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis (EHDD), were invited to Long Beach, CA, to recreate their success for the city's Aquarium of the Pacific. At Monterey, EHDD remodeled the existing Knut Hovden Cannery into the very popular aquarium attraction. KUD International was the Project Management/Development firm responsible for the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific; the Aquarium Exhibit Designers were Joseph A. Wetzel Associates; Turner Construction and Kajima Construction Services were the building contractors of this 156,735-square-foot building;

The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific was founded in 06/1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

According to the organization's web site, the Aquarium has emphasized green building and maintenance practices as much as possible: "The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first among museums, zoos, and aquariums in the nation to register its greenhouse gases and is a leader in green practices, including its LEED platinum Watershed classroom and its commitment to grow without increasing its carbon footprint. In 2009 the Aquarium was awarded the Super Nova Star Award by the Alliance to Save Energy for being the nation’s most energy-efficient business with revenues under $50 million." SeeAccessed 06/03/2010.

PCAD id: 2680