Oregon Coast Aquarium | Newport, OR

Revitalizing Oregon’s Trusted Resource for Ocean Literacy

  • Est. Completion Date Phase 1 - 2022
    Phase 2 - 2025
  • Budget $6.3M
  • Scale Outdoor Exhibits & Lobby
    Café & Galleries

Oregon Coast Aquarium – Phase 1
The original 40,000 square foot Oregon Coast Aquarium opened in 1992, featuring indoor galleries and large outdoor exhibits showcasing marine mammals and shore birds, as well as a café, gift shop, theater, and offices. The facility has expanded over the years and now hosts over 420,000 guests annually. The first phase of the project included a renovation of the Grand Hall Lobby and installation of a new jellyfish display. Other improvements included the transformation of a former playground into a new children’s play area featuring a climbable tower and play structures, forest of replanted trees, a headwaters exhibit, and a new amphitheater.
Oregon Coast Aquarium – Phase 2
The second phase of the project will focus on renovating the 30-year-old galleries and café in the main building. The gallery renovations include a refresh of the Rocky Shores and Sandy Shores, modifications to the Coastal Waters gallery and exhibits and creation of a new jellyfish gallery. The café renovations include a refresh of the serving and seating areas providing a clear and cohesive connection to the Phase 1 renovated lobby and new jellyfish tank.

SOJ Scope

  • Manage CM/GC selection process
  • CM/GC contract negotiations and administration
  • Budget tracking
  • Target value design
  • Manage design/construction team through final design and construction phases of work
  • Warranty period management

Project Partners

  • Client:
    • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • Architect:
    • Bearing Architecture
    • EHDD Architecture (Ph 2)
  • General Contractor:
    • Andersen Construction