Billed as “The World’s Aquarium,” the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is the largest indoor aquarium in the world. The core facility at the Shedd is the original 1929 building designed by Graham Anderson Probst and White. With significant additions in 1991 and 2001, the Shedd has maintained its forward position with periodic well-executed exhibits and attractions. In 2004, VDTA developed a five year exhibit and facility master plan that carries on the Shedd’s tradition of leadership. The completed master plan set out a series of projects for implementation; renovation of the Oceanarium, consolidation of staff offices, new construction and renovation of 35,000 SF of exhibit areas, a renovated food court and restaurant, a new outdoor terrace and updated guest services amenities. With the closing of the Oceanarium for renovations, there came an opportunity to construct an “L” shaped, 24,000 SF addition on the Oceanarium roof to house the Shedd’s staff.
One of the main sustainable strategy efforts used at Shedd is collecting rain water from the roof of the office addition. This water is then treated and used to backwash the water filters in the Oceanarium, which was originally done with City water.
Photography © Hedrich Blessing, Steve Hall