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Mississippi Aquarium moves closer to development

Photo Source: City of Gulfport - Mayor's Office Facebook page Photo Source: City of Gulfport - Mayor's Office Facebook page

The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission has selected and hired a company to design a new aquarium in Gulfport. PGAV Destinations PC, based out of St. Louis, Missouri, has also designed the Georgia Aquarium, Busch Gardens and Universal Studios.

"PGAV Destinations PC has built some world-class stuff all over the world, literally," said Gulfport Chief Administrative Officer Dr. John Kelly. "We wanted someone, of course, who knew the theme park business, knew the aquarium industry. So they were chosen for their expertise."

The Mississippi Aquarium is slated to open in the summer of 2018 on 10 acres of property across from Jones Park.

Early discussions with the team highlight the story of the "Brown to Blue Water Corridor," where the silt-laden waters of Mississippi's rivers meet the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The team aims to create a wholly unique experience that explores these fascinating environments and how they impact the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Region.

"We're honored to be part of such an exciting project as part of the redevelopment of Gulfport," said Emily Howard, PGAV Destinations PC, Aquarium project lead. "We are excited to be designing this Aquarium attraction with Gulfport from the ground up so the goals and interests of the city and its residents can be incorporated from the very beginning. It's also great to partner with Eley Guild Hardy Architects as the local architect, because of their deep knowledge of the local community, the people, and the region."

As the world's largest independent design firm, PGAV Destinations PC will be overseeing the master planning, conceptual design, and schematic design of the aquarium and teaming with local architect EGH to execute the design. 

Construction is slated to begin in 2017.

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