B1-24: CHS Aquarium Coastal Wetlands Exhibit

Fabricate and install the two saltwater exhibits


Accepting Bids

Prebid Date6/7/23 10:00am

Bid Date6/20/23 2:00pm

Company & Contacts

Lompoc Unified School District

Nilufer Jorgenson   jorgenson.nilufer@lusd.org


Cabrillo High School located at 4350 Constellation Road, Lompoc, CA, 93436

Project Description: Fabricate and install the two saltwater exhibits as described below:

Exhibit 1 - A temperate saltwater shark touch pool exhibit as specified below. The long-lasting

exhibit should include rockwork and Corian cladding similar to that found in the facility’s

Interactive Tidepool Exhibit, along with an overall organic aesthetic that elicits the local

wetlands environment found at the terminus of the Santa Ynez River at Surf Beach. Total tank

length should be roughly 15 feet long, and 12 feet wide (including 6” front step and rear

simulated boardwalk wheelchair ramp), with a water level around 24 inches and 4-inch air

gap. The support stand must be built as low to the ground as possible (4 inches) to allow for

visitors of all ages and abilities to interact with the exhibit. The exhibit must be plumbed into

one of the facility’s existing central life support systems with no significant modifications made

to existing infrastructure. Museum-grade exhibit lighting will be mounted in the ceiling. The

four current exhibits within the new touch pool footprint will also need to be relocated and/or

removed, based on available space.

Exhibit 2 – A tropical 830-gallon saltwater system as specified below. The system will consist

of a reef tank, repurposed existing water table, combined stand, and dedicated life support

system. The reef tank and water table will be oriented end to end on a shared stand which

will contain one combined life support system featuring the latest lighting and water quality

technology. The system will be designed with all necessary equipment to manage nutrients

and minerals necessary for keeping stony corals.

It is estimated that the two exhibits combined will cost $540,000-560,000.