Celebrating the Magic of Our Oceans
A Long-term Partnership
Mithun has collaborated with the Seattle Aquarium since 1999 on a wide range of projects including a major renovation/expansion, new Harbor Seal exhibit, rebuilding of a structural pier, and a long-term vision master plan.
Modern Exhibits, Landmark Building
The complex 2007 renovation included the insertion of a 140,000-gallon exhibit into the historic pier as a modern window into the magic of Puget Sound below. Adjacent is the new Great Hall, a welcoming, highly flexible setting for exhibits as well as civic and revenue-generating events.
Integrated Team, Integrated Solutions
Close collaboration with exhibit designers and mechanical engineers yielded an innovative and energy efficient cooling system for Pier 59 that utilizes seawater recycled from the exhibit tanks. Coupled with natural mixed-mode ventilation, solar hot water and raised access floors, the building serves as a model for sustainable development to protect the future of our oceans.