Iguanas, crocodiles belly run to $50M Texas State AquariumIguanas, crocodiles belly run to $50M Texas State Aquariumhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=109002015-10-27T05:00:00Z2015-10-27T19:00:00Z

​​​​​​​​​​​CORPUS CHRISTI - A $50 million expansion that will add 65,000 sf and double the animal collection at the Texas State Aquarium continues to take shape. 

Concrete work on the first level has been completed and workers have begun the next level. 

"In addition, work has begun on the walls of the tanks, which gives a sense of the exhibits' scope," said Jesse Gilbert, the aquarium's chief operating officer.

"Behind the scenes, work is ongoing as staff prepare for an influx of animals and plants," said Adriana Reza, aquarium registrar.​

Plants in the space will include bromeliads, orchids and large palm trees.

In addition the aquarium is also going to be adding quarantine space for animals at the Sea Lab facility.

Some of the new animals the aquarium is looking at adding include iguanas, crocodiles, flamingos and possibly a sloth. 

The facility already has the American Alligator.

Internal work has also begun on the lobby, which has been closed to visitors. Aquarium guests are entering on the Lexington Museum on the Bay side of the aquarium.

They plan to reopen the lobby by spring 2016, the Caribbean Journey expansion is expected to open in spring 2017.

The aquarium's new wing will have three levels. The first floor will include most of the fish tanks and a 100-seat 4-D theater.

The second level will feature a series of interactive jungle exhibits and overlooks to check out the fish tanks from above, and the top level will be mostly event space with open windows providing sweeping views of the aquarium grounds and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.​​
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