• Image courtesy of EHDD

North Pacific Aquarium, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Tacoma, WA

Project Categories

Cultural + spiritual

Business Type

Renovation and expansion of existing aquarium

Size

31,600 square feet

Architect

EHDD

Owner

Metro Parks of Tacoma

PAE Role

Building analysis and modeling

Technology design

Architectural lighting design

30

Percent better energy efficiency

than code requirements

50

Percent better water efficiency

than code requirements

Sustainability

Progress Report

Pursuing 30% energy efficiency
Pursuing 50% potable water efficiency

Special features

  • 100% outside air system provides exceptional indoor air quality
  • Heat-recovery air-to-water heat pump and heat-pump recovery loop reduce energy and operational costs while providing effective heat exchange
  • Radiant floors provide active heating
  • Rainwater-reclamation system for flushing toilets