Cranes, beams and things

Published May 06, 2010

Something "big" is happening! This morning we began the construction of a 4-ton steel platform...at the bottom of our 16,500-gallon Wings in the Water exhibit.

This is not your typical construction job. This project requires a group of Aquarium divers and commercial divers to install very large stainless steel I-beams at the bottom of an exhibit, while underwater! For the next six to seven days, at least six divers at a time will be in the water 24 hours a day.

The main I-beam was brought into the Aquarium early this morning, lifted into the building with the help of a crane. It is 22 feet long, 14 inches wide, 32 inches tall, and weighs 2,000 pounds!

When finished, the structure will weigh 10,000 pounds. It's a big job, but just a small part of how we care for our animals and our exhibits. More than 40 animals live in this exhibit alone, including a variety of stingrays, sharks and a green sea turtle.

Click here to see more photos of the I-beam installation, and stay tuned for more updates from our underwater construction team!

You can help us keep our exhibits up to date! Text "RESTORE" to 20222 to donate $5 toward this and other Aquarium restoration projects. With you, we make a difference.
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