Albuquerque Aquarium

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque Aquarium eel tunnelThe 45,000-square-foot Albuquerque Aquarium encompasses seven interior aquatic displays and one 1/2-acre exterior exhibit for a total of over 400,000 gallons of water in six major exhibits. The facility contains a variety of exhibits, including a 276,000-gallon shark tank, a coral reef display of 34,500 gallons, and the 31,000-gallon eel exhibit. The eel tank has an underwater walk-through tunnel that gives the visitor a view through crystal clear water. The aquarium starts with a “touch pool” for close encounters and viewing of various species, and then has a ray display among other specialty exhibits.

Alvine Aquatics’ professionals provided a life support systems design that treats the water by sand filtration, foam fractionation for reduction of micro-particulates, and disinfection through ozone injection systems. Wastewater from the exhibits is conserved through a collection system, cleaned and recycled into the exhibits or sent to the exterior lagoon.

Major Program Spaces

  • Eel exhibit with underwater walk-through viewing tunnel
  • Large fish display (groupers)
  • Coral reef display
  • School fish display
  • Shark display
  • Tide pool with an actual tide surge and 500 gallon tide change tank
  • “Touch Pool” display
  • Bat and ray display
  • Multiple small specialty displays

Water Treatment Systems

  • Piping and pumping systems
  • Sand filtration
  • Water temperature control
  • Ozone injection systems for disinfection
  • Foam fractionation for reduction of micro-particulates
  • Waste water from the exhibits is conserved through a collection system, cleaned and recycled into the exhibits

An award winning project

  • President’s Award, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, New Mexico chapter
  • Engineering Excellence Grand Award, American Consulting Engineers Council, Nebraska Chapter (ACEC/N)