Construction Cost: $15.8M Size: 70,400sf Completed: 1996
Chavez-Grieves was the Engineer-of-Record for the Albuquerque Aquarium. All structures were build of steel-reinforced concrete masonry units with stucco exteriors and standing-seam custom metal roofs. From the beginning of the project, leak control of the saltwater tanks was the prime consideration. Any leaks would not only be inconvenient, but would be a threat to the long-term structural integrity of the tanks. The irregular shaped tanks, multiple tank levels and the large amount of unusual openings complicated waterproofing. Careful attention was paid to the design, detailing and specifications for the tanks and basins. From concept to final construction, Chavez-Grieves played a pivotal roll in meeting the demands of a watertight structure. The tanks had no leaks, reportedly a first for a major aquarium in the United States.