AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS & WOLDENBERG RIVERFRONT

PARK | NEW CONSTRUCTION | THE BIENVILLE GROUP JOINT VENTURE, THE MATHES GROUP, CONCORDIA ARCHITECTS, BILLES/MANNING ARCHITECTS, HEWITT-WASHINGTON & ASSOCIATES, ESKEW VOGT SALVATO & FILSON ARCHITECTS

PROJECT INFORMATION

COMPLETED: 1990

PROGRAM: 110,000 SF

BUDGET: $43 MILLION

CLIENT: THE AUDUBON INSTITUTE

MBA TEAM: EDWARD C. MATHES, AIA, CREED W. BRIERRE, FAIA 

Built on a site along the Mississippi River in New Orleans’ historic Vieux Carré, the Aquarium of the Americas opened in September 1990, and the adjacent and surrounding 15-acre Woldenberg Riverfront Park opened in Fall 1989. Mathes Brierre Architects was one of five firms forming the Bienville Group to conceive, design, and complete the facility in less than four years. In addition to exhibits with nearly four hundred species of fish, reptiles, and other animals, the Aquarium also houses a seafood restaurant, a gift shop, classrooms, research labs, offices, and salinization equipment.