The Aquarium is the most popular attraction at Moody Gardens, and making sure all details were carefully reviewed was of upmost importance. Gilbane worked closely with the subcontractors and the design team to look at value engineering options and material choices that best suited operational needs. The $37 million renovation was the first renovation of the building since they opened in 1999 and this project added new life into this already impressive facility. The addition of new exhibits, new flooring, lighting, as well as improvements to the life support systems complimented the facility while providing improved function.
A few of the challenges included providing a temporary housing for the penguins so work on their exhibit could be performed, changing out lighting over a full shark tank, performing work at the underside of the pyramid peak, repairing various leaks and polishing acrylic in the existing tanks, just to name a few.