Aquarium of the Americas & Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Located at the foot of Canal Street, the Aquarium faces the Mississippi River, from which the building’s broad, curving arcade graciously bends back, welcoming visitors from the city behind it. A series of abstract sculptures sit atop a procession of 20 columns and enhances the building’s lively riverfront facade. In contrast, the city side of the building presents a simple, refined facade. Coupled with the long expanse of Woldenberg Park, the Aquarium of the Americas provides access to the riverfront and connects the French Quarter to Canal Street. The phase two expansion included a concession and retail area, space for changing exhibitions, and a 350-seat IMAX theater.

Awarded ENR TX & LA’s 2015 Best Project for Specialty Contracting

client/owner:

Audubon Institute
New Orleans, LA

completion:

Phase I: $38 million/110,000 sf/1990
Phase II: $16 million/60,000 sf/1995
Reroofing/Waterproofing:
$2.5 million/170,000 sf/2014

our role:

Phase I: Joint venture member of the Bienville Group, providing complete architectural design services
Phase II: Joint venture member, providing complete architectural services