A fish tale

Designing and building a public aquarium involves numerous planning and phasing challenges particular to this type of building. To design and build the Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, GA, USA)--one of the world's largest aquariums--and to meet a project schedule that demanded delivery in half the usual time, the project manager needed buy in from all of the project contractors. This article details the effort to design and build the Georgia Aquarium, a project that was a finalist in the 2006 PMI Project of the Year competition. In doing so, it identifies the one factor that shaped the aquarium's design and describes the way this factor--which reverses the typical approach used to design aquariums--influenced the building's shape and the construction plan. It discusses how the project manager--Heery International Inc. (Atlanta, GA, USA)--balanced the sometimes conflicting goals of the project's numerous contractors. It also overviews the services Heery performed in realizing this project. It then explains how the b
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