Firm to provide design-build services for Crown Center aquarium
Firm to provide design-build services for Crown Center aquarium
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Firm to provide design-build services for Crown Center aquarium
02/09/2011 1 minute read

Architectural design, mechanical and electrical engineering, and construction management are among services to be provided.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell will provide full design-build services for building modifications at Halls Crown Center in preparation for the new SEA LIFE aquarium at Crown Center. The 30,000-square-foot, two-story aquarium will feature 30 displays of salt water and freshwater marine life species and is scheduled to open by spring 2012.

Under a contract with Crown Center Redevelopment Corp., Burns & McDonnell will provide a range of design-build services including architectural design, mechanical and electrical engineering, construction project management, estimating and construction services. The project will involve clearing the interior space on two floors of the Halls Crown Center department store, making structural modifications to accommodate large aquarium tanks and displays, modifying mechanical and electrical systems and implementing new exterior entrance features.

Burns & McDonnell will work closely with Crown Center throughout demolition and construction to ensure the entire project meets the company's high standards of environmentally responsible management and disposal of waste materials and installation of materials within the building envelope. Upon completion of the space renovations, installation of the SEA LIFE tanks and displays will begin.

The $15 million SEA LIFE aquarium will be owned and operated by UK-based Merlin Entertainments, Europe's No. 1 visitor attractions operator. SEA LIFE is the world's biggest aquarium brand with more than 8 million visitors a year at its 30 centers worldwide. SEA LIFE at Crown Center will be the fifth aquarium opened by Merlin in the United States.

Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients throughout North America and abroad. More than 3,000 engineers, architects, scientists, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and other professionals work in 20 offices located throughout the U.S. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP is the leading name in location based family entertainment and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe's No. 1 and the world's second largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin has 64 attractions, six hotels and two holiday villages in 14 countries across three continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 40 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands and the commitment and passion of its managers and 15,000 employees.

Merlin Entertainments' attractions include — SEA LIFE — the world's biggest aquarium brand, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK, Chessington World of Adventures, Heide Park and Earth Explorer. All brands are distinctive, challenging and innovative and have great potential for growth in the future. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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