- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Crews have begun laying steel and building columns as the $50 million expansion at the Texas State Aquarium takes shape.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1U85jMq ) reports that workers also are making progress on a shark exhibit as the scheduled spring 2017 opening for the Caribbean Journey expansion approaches.

The expansion will add 65,000 square feet and will double the aquarium’s animal collection.

The aquarium’s new wing will have three levels, with the first floor including fish tanks and a 100-seat 4-D theater.

The second level will feature interactive jungle exhibits, while the top level will mostly be event space with windows providing views of the aquarium grounds and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

Vice president and chief operating officer Jesse Gilbert says they have secured $41 million for the project.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com

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