AON Penguin Exhibit Rendering

Members of the CannonDesign team recently attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the new penguin habitat at the Aquarium of Niagara. Project manager Frank Sica was also featured extensively on Buffalo morning news programs, providing insight into some of the more technical aspects of the project. You can watch Frank’s interviews on WGRZ and WKBW.

Located at the heart of the city of Niagara Falls and a steady part of the local tourism industry, the aquarium’s long-term goal is to achieve certification from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The certification will allow them to join an elite group of 20 institutions in North America who can exchange assets and participate in breeding transfers.

Beginning as a component of a larger visioning exercise for strategic investments at the facility, the new penguin habitat design was developed as the first major project at the aquarium in half a century. The team worked through several unconventional design and technical challenges as we imagined a new home for the penguins.

AON Axon DiagramThe key to getting the project off the ground was developing marketing material to help fundraise the required $3.3 million. Now that the funding goal has been met, we are excited to see the project come to fruition and watch the little tuxedoed clients enjoy their new home.

With this new penguin habitat, the aquarium will be able to attract more members of the community, support and expand the local economy, and share the important story of conservationism and animal education.