Ocean Wonders
Shark Exhibit


57,000 SF

MEP/FP engineering services for the design of a new LEED Silver, free-standing 57,000 GSF Shark Exhibit at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. The new building features more than 115 species of marine wildlife including sharks, rays, sea turtles and thousands of schooling fish in fully immersive and interactive exhibits throughout 17 tanks totaling over 500,000 gallons. More than 45 sharks, including sand tigers, nurse sharks, blacktip reef sharks and bamboo sharks will swim around inside a 345,000 gallon tank including a separate 82,000 gallon coral reef tunnel and 900 gallon interactive tank, allowing visitors to touch various sea life. Animal management / research spaces, classrooms and café are also within the 3-story building.

Scope included design of the HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for exhibit life support systems (LSS) and electrical and plumbing design for the site utility connections. The ground floor contained the exhibit space, LSS equipment space and additional utility spaces. Portions of the exhibit space are 2-stories high and contain the 2-story high shark exhibit tank. The second story includes access to the top of the main shark exhibit tank, diver support areas, medical room, food prep, office and mechanical spaces.

Project completed by K&L Group, A Division of MG Engineering