Albuquerque Aquarium
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Construction Cost: $15.8M   Size: 70,400sf   

  • 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
  • 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