Data Sharing Enables McCarthy To Deliver St. Louis Aquarium Design

案例探究September 09, 2020
General Contractor McCarthy Building Cos. turned to new technology tools to help with the delivery of the St. Louis Aquarium, a $45-million, 120,000-sq-ft, two-story facility located inside St. Louis Union Station. Originally built in 1894, Union Station is one of only 2,500 buildings in the U.S. recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The famous 1948 picture of President Harry S. Truman holding the false “Dewey Defeats Truman” Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper was taken at Union Station, where Missouri native Truman was returning from Washington, D.C. In 1985, Union Station was renovated as a mall, hotel and food court. Owner Lodging Hospitality Management’s $187-million upgrade, of which the aquarium is just one part, is the most extensive renovation since that time and will add a soda fountain, restaurants and a ropes course in the former shopping mall space, plus a renovated hotel. With only 120,000 sq ft to work with, architect PGAV Destinations had to design the aquarium with the economy of space in mind. “Between what the existing structure was and our limitations with historical review, there was kind of an east side and a west side that were two different sides of the mall, with the hallway dividing between,” says Andrew Schumacher, architectural designer at PGAV. “So we figured from there, how can we incorporate that into the story of our aquarium? We decided that one side would be all about rivers, with a focus on the Mississippi River, and the other side would be about the ocean.”