NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM OFFSITE HOLDING FACILITY

 This facility was developed in several phases for budgeting purposes. The initial phase included 2 holding tanks. The large tank is approximately 31,710 gallons and the second is 11,740 gallons. The rescue rehab portion of the project was opened with 2 tanks. These tanks are 6,340 gallons and 3,850 gallons. In the spring of 2011 additional Rescue capacity will be brought online to meet the increased demand.

 The additional 11,740 gallon holding tank for phase 2 will be completed and brought on line by late May of 2011. This will bring the combined holding to capacity to approximately 155,190 gallons. The rescue facility currently has over 10,190 gallons with several smaller tanks added recently.

 This facility was designed to have the capacity to bring in natural seawater from the Quincy harbor. The seawater make-up and storage has approximately 20,000 gallons capacity. The make up and water distribution system was designed and installed to feed all holding and rehabilitation tanks. The make water system has a combination of protein skimmers and sand filtration as well as a heating system. The make up system also was designed to treat as much as 3,000 gallons per day for system discharge back to the bay. The discharge system utilizes an Ozone Contactor for disinfection and a carbon filter to remove any residual ozone.

 Aquatic Environments, Inc. phased the installation to coordinate with the delivery of the holding tanks. The husbandry staff brought fish and animals in shortly after each system was started up and these systems were brought on-line.

 Because floor space is always one of the challenges for any Life Support System installation, Aquatic Environments, Inc. designed the gravity distribution lines to be buried beneath the new slab. This technique provided efficient piping runs while avoiding pipes crossing the floor in work areas, interfering with tank placement and also becoming a tripping hazard.

 In the large open areas Aquatic Environments, Inc. designed and developed custom stainless steel pipe support structures to support the pipes running from one LSS component to another, 12’ above the slab, so as to not interfere with exhibit and LSS access.  These structures were also utilized to distribute make up water to the various tanks. 

 Key to the success of any LSS project is to provide the highest standard in water quality to maintain the health of the fish and animals. Aquatic Environments, Inc. also recognizes that in addition to providing state of the art LSS to maintain the highest water quality, you must also ensure there is proper access to LSS equipment. The LSS layout therefore is essential to a good, properly installed and maintainable system.  Access to the exhibits must always be taken into account when installing LSS. The Quincy Rescue and Holding facility is a good example of integrating LSS into limited open space with proper access to the exhibit.

 Aquatic Environments, Inc. looks forward to working with the New England Aquarium on their next phase for this facility.

Design • Development • Installation
Woburn, MA. 01801
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