Maintaining the Environment of the World's Largest Aquarium

Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
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Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

A Whale of a Tale: Speaker Explains the Green Technologies and Engineering Challenges Behind the Georgia Aquarium

What does it take to operate the world’s largest aquarium—and be energy-efficient in the process? From the 6.3 million gallon tank, home to the giant whale sharks, to the tidal action of the water coral reef, to the icy conditions of the penguin exhibit, the Georgia Aquarium houses what may be the most complex automated heating and cooling system in the world. A fluctuation in temperature can mean the difference between life and death for its inhabitants.

On Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m. on the Clarkston Campus in the Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center auditorium, Leroy Walden, vice president of the mechanical contractor company, McKenney’s Inc., the company that designed and built   the system, will take the audience behind the scenes of this behemoth structure. In his talk, Walden will tell the story of how the aquarium’s environmental controls system was built, its remote operations and the daily responsibility that his team has in maintaining the diverse environments of the aquarium.

McKenney’s is one of the largest mechanical contractors in the United States.

The event is sponsored by GPC’s Southeastern Institute for Sustainability, the GPC Green Stem Initiative, GPC Reads, and the Green Technologies Academy at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. For information, contact Dr. Joanne Chu, director of GPC’s Southeastern Institute for Sustainability at 678-891-3354, or email

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