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Construction begins on new 136,000-sq-ft aquarium

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-25 02:13:03-04

DRAPER, Utah — Construction began on Wednesday on the new aquarium location in Draper.

The new 136,000-square-foot facility will be named the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, after one of the major donors to the project.

“What better place to have an aquarium, out here in whether you call it the desert, or, as I like to call it, this beautiful mountainous state, to have an aquarium and learn about the aquarium, learn about our living planet… it’s just an exciting thing,” said Jim Loveland, with Living Planet Aquarium.

The aquarium first opened in The Gateway in 2004 before moving to its current location on 10600 South in Sandy.

The new facility is expected to open in December 2013 and will feature a 300,000-gallon shark tank complete with a walk-through tunnel.

The current aquarium space in Sandy is 43,000 square feet and it attracts over 450,000 visitors a year.

Link: Living Planet Aquarium