Living Color Aquariums and Themed Environments has been selected by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Maltbie to build all the Aquariums, Aquatic Exhibits and Animal Habitats at the new Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is headquartered on a 21-acre nature preserve in the heart of Naples. The campus is a central location for environmental research, advocacy, wildlife rehabilitation and education programs, as well as an interactive nature destination. The new Dalton Discovery Center has been designed by the famed architectural firm Cambridge 7 Associates and will showcase Southwest Florida’s unique natural ecosystems.
The state of the art facility will incorporate a world class public aquarium, aquatic exhibits and reptile habitats where visitors will meet fascinating creatures such as the American Alligator, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Pine Snakes, Gopher Tortoises and more. In addition to the public aquarium exhibits, exciting interactive and multimedia displays will engage and entertain visitors at the multi-million dollar facility. The “green” campus renovations also include the new Eaton Conservation Hall, Ferguson Learning Lab, von Arx Wildlife Clinic and Sugden Gomez Environmental Planning Center. www.conservancy.org/campaign
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has sought Living Color for their industry wide expertise in creating completely turn-key public aquariums and realistic aquatic habitats. All of the exhibit components for the new Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center landmark project will be built at Living Color’s 43,000 square foot manufacturing plant which is renowned for building award-winning, turnkey aquariums and themed environments for discerning clients world wide.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center will be closed to the public June 1 – October 31, 2011. Initial “sneak previews will begin November 1, 2011 with an anticipated grand re-opening date in November 2012.
The new Dalton Discovery Center at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center is scheduled to open in early 2012.