California On the Scene for May 2019
Contractor Clark Construction and designer EHDD celebrated the grand opening in May of Pacific Visions, a 29,000-sq-ft, two-story addition to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. BuroHappold designed the facade, which has 800 unique, non-reflective glass panels covering 18,000 sq ft. The $53-million structure houses an immersive theater and interactive exhibits such as spatial soundscapes, a touchable coral sculpture wall and glass sculptures inspired by plankton. A 2,600-sq-ft orientation gallery will feature a 18-ft-wide virtual waterfall with interactive elements and a 26-ft-wide, 8-ft-tall LED screen that provides a visual tour of the history of life on Earth.
The 30th Annual Great LA River CleanUp mobilized more than 6,000 volunteers over three weekends in April to remove more than 100 tons of plastic debris, waste and trash from the riparian ecosystem. Industry sponsors included Perkins + Will, Arcadis, Jacobs, Hathaway Dinwiddie, AECOM and Ramboll, with numerous other participants. April’s CleanUp focused on the Sepulveda Basin in the San Fernando Valley, Mid-River Glendale Narrow and Willow Street Estuary in Long Beach (pictured below). Volunteers removed shopping carts, mattresses and even an electric scooter.