Gulfport, MS – Progress continues on the Mississippi Aquarium as members of the Gulfport City Council and the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission accepted bids for the acrylic windows in the aquarium. These are the windows that provide views into the aquarium’s habitats. In total, 4 bids were received by the City and GRC on July 28. As a result of those bids and after careful review, Clax Italia was selected as the lowest responsible and responsive bidder with an overall bid of $2,292,410 for material and installation.
Mississippi Aquarium President and CEO David Kimmel said, “we are excited to have Clax Italia on the team to be part of this exciting project. They have an exceptional reputation among the aquarium industry, and I am excited to work with their team as we build unique exhibits for Mississippi residents and visitors to explore. With Clax on board, progress on the Aquarium continues with selection of the Main Building General Contractor. Bids for this part of the aquarium development process are scheduled to be received on September 22.”
Clax representative Leonardo Munzi said, “on behalf of Clax, let me tell you that we look forward to be part of this amazing project.”
Clax Italia, Pomezia - Roma, Italy, has an entire division dedicated to aquariums and the production and installation of products specifically designed for underwater use. Notable projects include exhibits at the Two Oceans Aquarium in South Africa, the Frost Museum of Science in Miami and the Acquario di Cattolica on the Adriatic Coast. Clax Italia is also a corporate member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The Mississippi Aquarium will be built along U.S. Highway 90 in Gulfport, Mississippi, on land overlooking the redeveloped Jones Park and Small Craft Harbor and adjacent to the beachfront. This family-friendly educational, research-oriented facility will include features, shows, and exhibits highlighting the aquatic biodiversity found in the Gulf Coast Region. The aquarium is anticipated to open its doors in 2019.