Brevard Zoo Selects Design Firm for Proposed Aquarium Coming to Port Canaveral

Brevard Zoo just announced that HHCP Architects was selected as the design firm for its proposed aquarium and conservation center at Port Canaveral. The Orlando company’s credits include Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and numerous themed attractions across the United States and Asia.

“Of all the agencies that responded to our request for proposals, HHCP demonstrated the strongest understanding of what we’re trying to build: a world-class, one-of-a-kind facility celebrating the remarkable biodiversity and innovative spirit that define Florida’s Space Coast,” said Keith Winsten, the Zoo’s executive director.

HHCP will oversee a group of architects, engineers, animal care experts and other seasoned professionals to produce a preliminary design—which will be presented to Zoo officials and the public for feedback—including an initial cost estimate this fall.

“We’re envisioning experiences that amaze and inspire,” added Mike Chatham, HHCP’s president and director of design. “Our goals are to foster a newfound appreciation for aquatic ecosystems and model our capacity for positive environmental change.”

Winsten emphasizes the support of many community members is required to bring this project to fruition. The Zoo has launched a campaign, dubbed “the Aquarium Project,” to drive awareness among residents of Brevard and surrounding counties. Interested parties are encouraged to visit and follow the campaign on Facebook, Instagram (aquariumprojectfl) and Twitter (@AquariumProFL).

Projected to draw more than 500,000 visitors a year, support 937 jobs and generate an annual economic impact of $85.5 million, the facility is intended to serve as a “front porch” for aquatic conservation and education.

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