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April 26, 2023

Ocean Pavilion takes form on the Seattle waterfront

Photo by Benjamin Minnick [enlarge]
The concrete frame of the Ocean Pavilion can been seen after crews removed scaffolding that extended over Alaskan Way.

Turner Construction this week finished removing the scaffolding over Alaskan Way that has obscured the Ocean Pavilion project for months, revealing the structure's massive concrete form. The $160 million pavilion is under construction along the waterfront across from the Seattle Aquarium on Pier 59.

The project's unique shape has few regular angles or flat surfaces, and relies on copious amounts of concrete and rebar to support its future 360,000-gallon coral reef ecosystem that will be home to more than 120 species. Turner used a custom forming approach using CNC foam build-up to make many of those curved surfaces. Stoneway Concrete was the ready-mix supplier.

An aquarium spokesperson told the DJC last month that they are targeting January 2024 for a certificate of occupancy, and will start exhibit development at that date. The 50,000-square-foot pavilion is expected to open in summer 2024, with about 3,500 tropical fish, invertebrates, sharks and rays in a variety of exhibits.

LMN Architects is leading the design team that includes Magnusson Klemencic Associates.

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