Entertainment & Sports

Orlando Science Center LIFE

Entertainment & Sports

Orlando Science Center LIFE

777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

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  • Delivery Method

    Construction Management

  • Project Insights

    new construction, structural systems, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, animal holding, animal habitats, lighting, aquarium, high-end technology

Project Description

The Orlando Science Center has launched an ambitious project to transform its exhibition spaces with the new LIFE exhibit, featuring the swamp, rainforest, and ocean environments. Partnering with McCree Architects and Engineers, Inc., and Roto, this design-build project integrates advanced structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Key features include a suspended maintenance catwalk, a 5,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with structural acrylic panels, and a 1,000-gallon freshwater aquarium with an elevated footing pad. These enhancements provide a robust infrastructure to support an immersive visitor experience.

The LIFE exhibit’s mechanical systems replicate the precise conditions of a rainforest, with automated climate control using 100% outside air return and 60 high-lumen grow lights for the vegetation. State-of-the-art emergency egress systems, specialty lighting, thematic audio systems, and acoustical speakers enhance the visitor experience. Renovated life safety systems, including voice and smoke evacuation, ensure guest safety. Life support systems for animal exhibits feature new pump rooms, water filtration systems, and aquatic holding areas, essential for maintaining the health of the flora and fauna.

The exhibit comprises three environments: swamp, ocean, and rainforest, each with unique features and interactive displays. The swamp includes turtles, alligators, parrots, and more. The ocean features a live coral display, saltwater shovelhead sharks, and an invertebrate touch tank. The rainforest showcases free-roaming species like sloths, tamarin monkeys, and tortoises, with sensors and grow lights mimicking natural cycles. Visitors access the exhibit through a gallery entry with signage and donor recognition. The design ensures connectivity for monitoring and security, maintaining LEED standards and setting a benchmark for future science and nature exhibits.

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