James Cook University Science Place Aquarium, Townsville, Australia

AAT installs 3-meter cylindrical aquarium in The Science Place, the first educational building in Australia to achieve a LEED® Gold rating for environmentally sustainable design.

Project Overview

The Science Place – an $85M building at JCU’s Douglas campus – is a four-level, 12,000 square-meter hub for teaching and research with ultramodern laboratories and technology-enabled active learning spaces.

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Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT) built the aquarium’s authentic simulation of a rockwork bommie in the company’s quality-controlled offsite manufacturing facility and transported to the site for installation.

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An AAT Skid-Mounted Life Support System (LSS) keeps the water clean, healthy and in perfect condition.

In addition to making a spectacular feature at the entrance to this innovative building, staff and students can use the aquarium for marine research and teaching opportunities too.

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James Cook University, Townsville City Campus, Flinders Street, Townsville QLD, Australia

James Cook University

Time Frame

Team On-Site
3 AAT personnel

System Type
Closed re-circulation system using artificial sea water

Total Water Volume
10,000,000 litres

Cool Links

An exceptional portfolio of in-house capabilities.

  • A seamless start-to-finish service.
  • More than project coordinators - we are the lead supplier of equipment and services too.
  • We offer productive collaboration between multi-disciplinary teams and resources.
  • Our logistical and project management track record provides total peace-of-mind.
  • 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


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

Phase 2


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


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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