350 Gallon Aquarium (96”L x 24”W x 36”H)
Viewable on three sides, room divider style on custom cabinetry
HNTB is an international construction company with offices all over the world. The Chicago location is at One South Wacker Drive and employs nearly 100 people in a very modern office although in a maze of cubicles. The manager of the downtown Chicago office wanted to add something to an extremely busy office to give employees a natural break from their day.
Needs and Challenges
Budget, budget, budget. This was a very large aquarium I had spec’d out and was the perfect solution for the area I identified would be best. Ultimately, this tank layout was going to be amazing and not only be a beautiful aquarium but improve the entire layout of a break area and kitchen. However, each office is allowed only so much in discretionary funds for things such as office improvements. 350 gallon, eight foot long aquariums don’t exactly grow on trees, but we were able to get within budget and get the job done!
Sometimes you can look at a space and say that any aquarium would be a welcome addition but a little bit bigger or smaller would be nice specifically. It’s unusual to simply say, if the tank isn’t 8 feet long, it’s just not going to look right. This was the case at HNTB. I wanted to use the aquarium to create a corridor on one side and separate and define a break room on another. If the tank was 6 feet long, this wouldn’t have been achieved and thus we needed an eight foot long tank that was viewable on both long sides and one end, while the opposite end was against a wall.
Amazing, I should be an interior designer! As you can see in the enclosed pictures, we didn’t just add a gorgeous saltwater aquarium, we improved an entire space. In the rest of the offices, there are cubicles, conference rooms and lots of hardworking people in a packed downtown office swarming with activity. This aquarium and space created allows people to escape if only for a moment and catch a breath with a touch of mother nature.
- The day of installation the main cargo elevator was out of order. We used a smaller elevator and the tank only fit in by an inch!
- Client had a narrow budget but perfect space for an aquarium and Blue Planet made it happen!