Ripley’s aquarium shaping up & filling in fast

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When I walked past the aquarium two days ago, I was stunned by the amount of progress that construction crews have made over the summer. The building has taken shape quickly, and the steel and iron frame for the aquarium’s distinctively angled roof has been put in place. The aquarium appears to be firmly on track for its public opening in 2013.

Extensive information and details about the aquarium and its construction, as well as renderings of the tanks and displays, are available on the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada website.

Below is a series of photos showing construction progress on the aquarium since last autumn.

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada construction

October 8 2011: Excavation and foundation drilling work continues at the Ripley aquarium site beside the CN Tower

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

October 8 2011

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada construction

October 8 2011: An excavation area on the east side of the aquarium site, near the south building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

October 8 2011: The entrance to the convention centre’s south building is visible in this view from the southwest side of the aquarium construction site

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

October 8 2011

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

October 8 2011: A drilling machine and excavator at work near the north side of the site

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

October 8 2011: A view from the west side of the construction zone

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

October 8 2011: This view, also from the west end of the site, shows the aquarium’s proximity to Toronto’s Financial District

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011: There are now two cranes on site — a white one situated near the southwest corner of the construction site …

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

… and a grey crane located near the southeast corner of the worksite

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011: Another view of the grey crane, with the convention centre’s north building in the background.

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011: Excavation activity near the middle of the construction zone

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 November 25 2011: The aquarium site wraps around the southeast corner of the CN Tower

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 November 25 2011: Overlooking the south half of the aquarium site

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011: A view of construction activity in the site’s southwest corner …

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

… and near the grey crane at the southeast corner

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011: Overlooking the northeast section of the site …

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

… and the north half of the construction zone

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

November 25 2011

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 January 6 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 January 6 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 6 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 6 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 6 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 6 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 6 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

January 30 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 January 31 2012: A view of wall construction activity at the site’s  southwest corner

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 February 20 2012: The wall is now complete

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012: A zoom view of the construction site, shot from the pedestrian walkway between the Rogers Centre and CN Tower

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

February 20 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

March 7 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

May 10 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

May 10 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

May 10 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 August 15 2012

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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

August 15 2012

 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

 August 15 2012

 

 

 

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