Alvine Aquatics

Alvine Aquatics specializes in providing comprehensive life support engineering services to the zoo and aquarium industry.  Our clients have recognized our technical abilities, comprehensive services, and our ability to work as part of a team.  We are committed to being responsive to a zoo and aquarium’s project needs, taking action by providing options and the best-possible solutions.

Possessing a deep understanding of how MEP systems affect the integration of life support systems with building components, Alvine Aquatics offers their clients cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions for both new and aging structures. The Alvine Aquatics engineering team has designed water treatment, life support, mechanical, electrical, and technology systems for nearly 4 million gallons of water displays and well over 800,000-square-feet of exhibit space for zoos and aquariums nationwide.

Our Company

Alvine Aquatics, a division of Alvine and Associates, Inc., specializes in providing aquatic life support engineering services to the zoo and aquarium industry. As the result of decades of successful MEP projects, Alvine was given the opportunity by our local zoo to design aquatic life support systems for a series of award-winning exhibits.  Our Alvine Aquatics division was created soon after to serve other zoos and aquarium across the country for over 25 years.

Alvine Aquatics embraces its MEP engineering heritage and still shares resources with other engineering divisions of Alvine & Associates.  To learn more about each of our brands, click the links below:

Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection, Plumbing, Architectural Lighting, and FoodService

Telecommunications, Technology, Security, Audiovisual, and Acoustics

Our Philosophy

Aquatic life support systems must maintain both healthy water for good animal welfare and clear water to allow intimate and inspiring views into the lives of the animals advocated.

Alvine Aquatics understands that the conservation efforts of zoos and aquariums are both communicated and funded through exhibiting animals to the visiting public. The exhibits must present an intimate and inspiring view into the lives of animals that the institutions are advocating. For this reason, aquatic life support systems must not only maintain healthy water for good animal welfare but also maintain sufficiently clear water to allow the animals and their environment to be seen clearly. Aquatic life support systems often must also feed naturalistic water features in the exhibits. For each exhibit, Alvine works with the architects and institution to integrate a customized life support system into the exhibit that will support the desired visitor experience.  Our firm’s background in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems helps us integrate life support systems with all other building systems.



Our Team

As an award-winning team, we have learned something about being innovative and applying creativity to all projects. Our knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and technology engineering disciplines allows for seamless integration of the life support designs into an exhibit, which optimizes visitor comfort, animal health, and effective facility staffing and monitoring of animal safety.

Steven T. Alvine, P.E., LEED AP
Life Support Systems Engineer
Steve has extensive technical knowledge of the design of life support systems for aquatic and zoo exhibits. In his role, Steve leads the conceptual design of life support systems and is responsible for quality assurance.  In his 25+ years as a mechanical engineer, he has worked on a variety of aquatic and zoo exhibits across the country. He is valued as a leader in the life support engineering industry.
Craig P. Johnson, P.E.
Life Support Systems Project Engineer
Craig earned a Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering in 2007, and is a registered professional mechanical engineer. His understanding of building systems and coordinating these with architecture has helped him integrate aquatic life support systems into new and existing zoo and aquarium exhibits for over 10 years.