Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury, Australia

Centre for care and conservation undergoes major refurbishment with new exhibits and life support systems (LSS) made by Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT).

Project Overview

The Dolphin Discovery Centre at Bunbury, Western Australia, has a long history of dolphin conservation, care and education with a focus on the marine mammals living nearby in Koombana Bay.

In collaboration with Perkins Construction, the lead contractor, AAT built and installed 12 Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) tank exhibits – complete with acrylic panels and a new LSS – as part of a $12.9 million makeover.

Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre

Advanced Aquarium Technologies’ sister-company, AAT Acrylics, manufactured the viewing panels used for this project.

The resulting interpretative centre features 13 aquariums, interactive exhibits, children’s activity centre and a 360-degree digital dolphinarium.

AAT commissioned the new aquarium and supplied training and handover services to the Dolphin Discovery Centre staff.

Dolphin Discovery Centre, Koombana Drive, Bunbury WA, Australia

Client
Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre

Time Frame
2017-2019

Team On-Site
6 staff

System Type
Semi Closed system with filtered natural seawater

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  • A seamless start-to-finish service.
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  • A high-level of internal delivery means excellent control over quality assurance.
  • System-thinking from design to execution, for a cost-efficient and durable aquarium that is easy to operate and spectacular to see.

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Phase 1

Design

The first phase addresses feasibility, budgeting, concept development, creative themes, visitor-experience design and journey-mapping, detailed engineering and project planning.

Phase 2

Build

The second phase focuses on acrylic manufacturing, construction and installation, the supply and installation of life support systems, waterproofing, lighting, filling and stocking the tanks.

Phase 3

Operate

The third phase includes handing the aquarium over to its owners and operators. Also included this phase, for older aquariums, are services relating to refurbishment and renovation.

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