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Pacific Visions: Architecture

Campus Master Plan

Aquarium overhead map rendering Watershed Exhibit Molina Animal Care Center Ocean Science Center Pacific Collections Gift Store Pacific Visions Sketch

In 2005, the Board of Directors created a comprehensive Campus Master Plan to guide the expansion of the Aquarium. Phase 1 has been completed and the Aquarium has now moved into the second and final phase, Pacific Visions.

This expansion will reimagine the Aquarium experience for up to 2 million visitors annually and expand the Aquarium’s capacity to serve schools and teachers by more than 20 percent.

Several strategic projects set out in the Board of Directors’ 2005 Campus Master Plan have been realized and are now open to the public:

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Pacific Collections’ glass wall featuring an image of a kelp forest. Andrew Reitsma, Aquarium of the Pacific

Pacific Collections Gift Shop
(completed 2013)

An integral financial element of the overall plan, the gift shop generates additional revenue to support the added operational expenses of the Pacific Visions expansion. In 2014 Pacific Collections’ glass wall featuring an image of a kelp forest received the Association for Retail Environments design award.

Ocean Science Center
featuring NOAA’s Science on a Sphere®

(completed 2011)

A six-foot-diameter sphere displays dynamic animated images of the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, and continents using satellite and real-time Earth system datasets for storytelling. Shows focus on the World Ocean and how humans are affecting it.

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A six-foot-diameter sphere displays dynamic animated images of the Earth's atmosphere, ocean, and continents using satellite and real-time Earth system datasets for storytelling. Shows focus on the World Ocean and how humans are affecting it.
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A state-of-the-art animal hospital provides enhanced health care for the Aquarium's living collection, an opportunity for guests to view veterinary science in action, and a live two-way interactive feed to two children's hospitals in the region.

Molina Animal Care Center
(completed 2010)

A state-of-the-art animal hospital provides enhanced health care for the Aquarium’s living collection, an opportunity for guests to view veterinary science in action, and a live two-way interactive feed to two children’s hospitals in the region.

Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific
(completed 2008)

This exhibit area includes a carbon-neutral classroom presented by SAVOR…, a watershed exhibit, and a native plant garden. Visitors learn about how activities that take place in the terrestrial environment, especially Southern California’s dense urban landscape, affect the coastal ocean environment. The Watershed Classroom was the first LEED Platinum-certified building in Long Beach.

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This exhibit area includes a carbon-neutral classroom presented by SAVOR…, a watershed exhibit, and a native plant garden. Visitors learn about how activities that take place in the terrestrial environment, especially Southern California's dense urban landscape, affect the coastal ocean environment. The Watershed Classroom was the first LEED Platinum-certified building in Long Beach. Andrew Reitsma, Aquarium of the Pacific