The Gdynia Aquarium is an unusual building – when it was built at the beginning of the 20th century, it was not thought that it would ever be home to almost 2,000 animals. Running a zoo in such a unique location requires constant adaptation to the needs of its residents as well as the more than 300,000 people that annually pass its doors. Since the beginning of July 2013 the comfort of tours has increased considerably due to the launch of air conditioning.
The next stage of the work is the project “Comprehensive thermal modernization of the Gdynia Aquarium”, which was co-financed under the Regional Operational Program for the Pomeranian Voivodship for the years 2007-2013. The effects of ventilation and air conditioning systems are particularly noticeable on hot days. Because of the specifics of our activity, contractors did not have an easy task – realization of the project could not affect the work of the Aquarium. For this reason, most of the construction work had to be carried out at night and after hours to make the Aquarium available to visitors. Particular emotions accompanied the work performed within the tanks with anacondas and piranhas.
NMFRI has been shown to be economical in issuing EU funds during project implementation. Thanks to the successful cooperation with the Managing Authority of the Regional Operational Program of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, the saved money has been used for the replacement of window frames in the entire building.
FUNDING: Regional Operational Program for the Pomeranian Voivodeship for the years 2007-2013. Priority 5: Environmentally friendly environment and energy, Action 5.5: Energy infrastructure and respect for energy for the implementation of the project: “Comprehensive thermomodernization of the Gdynia Aquarium”
PROJECT VALUE: 3 204 113,30 zł
FUNDING VALUE: 1 087 860,47 zł
REALIZATION OF THE PROJECT: February 2012 – September 2013
PROJECT AIM: Improvement of the condition of the energy infrastructure of the Gdynia Aquarium, increasing the efficiency of existing installations and equipment, and improving the conditions of exhibition halls. Thanks to a more efficient energy infrastructure, the energy consumption of the building and the level of environmental pollution was reduced.
Anna Konefał – Investment Section
National Marine Fisheries Research Institute
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