Georgia Aquarium Breaks Ground on Expansion 2020

Thu October 18, 2018 - Southeast Edition #22
Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium held an official groundbreaking ceremony for Expansion 2020 on Sept. 11, 2018.
(Georgia Aquarium photo)
Georgia Aquarium held an official groundbreaking ceremony for Expansion 2020 on Sept. 11, 2018. (Georgia Aquarium photo)

Earlier this year, the Georgia Aquarium revealed plans for a new gallery featuring sharks — one of the most misunderstood species in the ocean. The official groundbreaking ceremony was held for Expansion 2020 on Sept. 11, 2018.

The expansion will feature a new gallery in addition to a redesigned entry. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the animals while observing them up-close with floor-to-ceiling acrylic windows.

The newest exhibit will be located off the aquarium's main atrium, adjacent to SunTrust Pier 225. The official name of the gallery will be revealed at a later date.

“We have always done things big, and 12 years after our opening, we are still holding true to that,” said Joseph Handy, president and chief operating officer of Georgia Aquarium.

The aquarium will remain open during construction. A temporary entrance will be in place to ensure guests are able to enter the aquarium with ease. The temporary entrance will be accessible from the Georgia Aquarium parking deck and from Pemberton Place. Directional graphics will be located in surrounding areas.

At 1 million gallons, the exhibit will be one of the aquarium's largest. The animals featured in the new exhibit will be from a variety of locations, including like-minded accredited aquariums and zoos. The species of sharks will be released closer to the gallery opening.

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