ArchKey Revitalizes Historic Building Into Dynamic Entertainment Space Completing Advanced AV Upgrades & Facility Modernization
This design-assist project in downtown St. Louis transformed the 125-year old historic Union Station from a shopping mall into a major public entertainment venue. The 1-million gallon, 2-story aquarium is home to more than 13,000 animals, 257 species, and 44 exhibits. Due to the short time frame and complexity of the project, the ArchKey team was called in to assist on this project for both electrical and technologies scopes.
Spanning 120,000 square feet, the renovation was tailored for a unique aquatic environment, requiring the installation of 17 independent life support systems to accommodate the animal species that live in each exhibit. Salt and freshwater circulation systems had to be created underground, overhead and in the wall of the exhibits.Using as-built drawings dating back to the 1800’s made existing condition assessments, work sequencing and planning essential. Not only was it necessary to preserve original columns, footings, foundation, underground piping and more, but historic construction restraints provided limited access to certain areas, sometimes allowing less than 2 ft. of space resulting in owner-requested scope changes throughout the 14-month schedule.