Birding Center may get marine life add-on

Special to the PRESS

Described by David Richter of Richter Architects as a “lengthy and collaborative effort to look to the future of the Birding and Nature Center,” the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was presented with a schematic design and cost estimates for the addition of a new marine life center during their Tuesday, Feb. 20 meeting.

Richter explained that many different designs were considered as a part of their process. “There was quite a lot of study of what’s the best way to use the property and to maximize the value for tourists and for South Padre Island,” he stated.

Richter described several features in the presentation, including an aquarium and outdoor touch tanks. “It’s indoor but it has the potential to be opened up in good weather so that you can save energy and allow it to be naturally ventilated,” he said.

He added the design includes a large 20,000 gallon tank, two 6,000 gallon tanks, two 2,000 gallon tanks, and three touch tanks.

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