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McCarthy Building Companies selected as general contractor for OdySea in the Desert Aquarium Project
Slated for Fall 2015 Opening, OdySea Aquarium to Offer Unrivaled Marine Adventures by Team Behind Butterfly Wonderland
When completed, it will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest and promises a high-tech, high-entertainment, oceanic educational adventure like no other in the industry–-all in the unlikely setting of the Sonoran desert. The 16-acre attraction, designed to accommodate up to 15,000 visitors daily, will join Butterfly Wonderland and Odysea Mirror Maze as the third destination attraction of this entertainment district.
OdySea Aquarium will be a two-level facility that will span more than 200,000 square feet. Visitors will move to each level via acrylic tunnels while viewing some of the most fascinating animals of rivers and oceans in the world. Among some of the unparalleled features will be the SeaTREK experience that will allow guests to descend deep into the “ocean” where they will be surrounded by sea creatures on all sides. Other features will include a state-of-the-
Visitors to the OdySea Aquarium will embark on a journey exploring all areas of marine life—from the bayous and coral reefs to deep abysses of fresh water and salt water. A sampling of the planned exhibits includes Rivers of the World, American Rivers, Amazon Rivers, Shores, Penguins, the Great Barrier Reef, and “the Bizarre & the Beautiful,” including jellyfish, octopus, large king crabs and seahorses. Educational media boards, placed throughout the facility, will provide hands-on experiences, illuminated world maps, and sounds from different regions all over the globe. The OdySea Aquarium will also include a Lighthouse Café serving a full menu and light snacks, and an OdySea Treasures Gift Shop. Additionally, the facility will accommodate private events up to several hundred guests.
“The OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale will offer the very latest in technology and will have a futuristic entertainment component that goes far beyond delivering a standard aquarium experience. We are hopeful that visitors from across the country will want to add this to their ‘must do’ Arizona itinerary,” Knishinsky said.
Amram Knishinsky, Martin Pollack and Rubin Stahl are the development and management team behind the hugely successful Butterfly Wonderland and Odysea Mirror Maze/Laser Maze attractions that opened 2013. The trio were also responsible for the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky that Newsweek and Zagatnamed the “#4 Best Aquarium in the country,” and the OdySea Experience, a highly acclaimed marine-related facility in Mohegan Sun, Connecticut.
In addition to McCarthy, project team members include: Deutsch Architecture Group (designers of the Newport Aquarium and the OdySea Experience); Caruso Turley Scott Structural Engineers; Zee Electrical and Engineering;
OdySea Aquarium will be both a for-profit facility employing more than 250 individuals while its 501c3 non-profit foundation will administer all the educational programs and services.
Interviews and architectural images will be provided upon request.
About McCarthy Building Companies
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation's 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2013) and Arizona's 4th largest commercial builder (Phoenix Business Journal, December 2013). With 150 years of experience, McCarthy is one of the nation's oldest, privately held construction firms and one of Arizona's premier commercial builders. Committed to high-quality construction, the company provides general contracting, construction management, program management and design/build services for utility companies, healthcare and educational facilities, and water/wastewater projects. McCarthy’
About OdySea in the Desert
OdySea in the Desert is a 35-acre, multi-million-