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Georgia Aquarium’s $100M shark exhibit wraps vertical construction

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The 1-million-square-foot addition is on track to be people-ready next fall

A glass new structure show in renderings with many people in front of it.
The enhanced entry off Baker Street is designed to keep guests out of the elements.
Georgia Aquarium/Expansion 2020

The ocean’s apex predators are soon to have a new, bigger home at the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.

Construction officials and City of Atlanta leaders recently celebrated the topping-out of the new $100 million shark exhibit at downtown’s Georgia Aquarium, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The substantial project is expected to produce a 1-million-square-foot exhibit that will house tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, sand tigers, sandbars, and silvertips.

The four-story development is being constructed at the aquarium’s front entrance, on Baker Street.

 A rendering of a curving new blue addition to the Aquarium.
The expansion has bulked up the fish tank’s presence facing Centennial Olympic Park.
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Once the shark exhibit is complete, the aquarium will boast seven different galleries showcasing a wide array of aquatic animals, as well as a new entrance and exit, office and retail spaces, and a loading deck.

Led by general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie, with the help of Peckham, Guyton, Albers & Viets Architects, the expansion is slated to wrap in fall 2020.

Have a look at images from an Expansion 2020 promotional video below.

Into the new entry, as planned.
Remaining images: Georgia Aquarium/Expansion 2020
A new shark exhibit shown with a large windows and  children.
Entering the new exhibit, with its large, immersive windows.
Huge windows and sharks in a new exhibit.
The design is meant to make visitors feel close and personal with the animals.
A new shark exhibit with windows above and below, and people in amazement.
Windows into the habitat will abound in this section.