CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas State Aquarium announced they have chosen Turner Ramirez Architects and SpawGlass Contractors to design and construct The Port of Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue at the Texas State Aquarium.
“We are so pleased and excited to announce this team. After a thorough and competitive RFQ process, I’m confident that we landed with the right firms to help us achieve our vision for the new center,” said Tom Schmid, President, and CEO of the Texas State Aquarium.
The appointment of these two firms is a critical step in the creation of the new center.
With the design and construction team in place, the Aquarium hopes to complete design work by the middle of 2021.
Construction could begin soon thereafter. Construction and building commissioning are expected to take about 12 to 14 months, with the goal of opening the new center in the fall of 2022.
The goal of the Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue program, which will be headquartered in the new center, is to rescue and rehabilitate marine animals such as shorebirds, sea turtles, and dolphins, and, whenever possible, return them to the wild.
With the construction of the new center, the Aquarium will increase capacity, improve care, and for the first time, allow the public into the center to observe the wildlife rescue work in action.