Photo: John Walker
The Fresno Bee
June 27, 2017 – Crews from Central Valley Tank in Fresno transported an all-new, custom-built 35,000 gallon fire protection water tank to the Fresno Aquarium property today.
Donations to our nonprofit project are going right back into our local economy. This spring, Andrew Tuell Concrete, Inc. of Clovis poured a massive two-foot-thick concrete slab for our thirty-foot-tall fire protection water tank after our engineering plans were approved by Fresno County and the North Central Fire Protection District. This slab will provide a solid base for the tank, which will feed into a water main leading to a fire hydrant near the future aquarium building.
December 28, 2016 – Here is the video we shared at Aquarius Aquarium Institute’s annual Charter Member Dinner that shows highlights from our groundbreaking ceremony and the Fresno Aquarium site grading work…
September 25, 2016 – Crawford Construction of Clovis worked intensely this month on the Fresno Aquarium property to grade our building pad and move our driveway slightly to the west to create space for a required 20-foot landscape strip along our shared property line with Highway 99.
On May 25, 2016, local dignitaries and invited guests joined our nonprofit’s board of directors as they honored Roy and Betty Jura, the donors of the Fresno Aquarium property, at a groundbreaking celebration. To watch videos about our groundbreaking, be sure to visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
May 4, 2016 – After completing significant site cleanup, thanks to our hundreds of Donors and Charter Members, Aquarius Aquarium Institute is now set to begin construction of our very first structure on the future Fresno Aquarium property – our Aquaculture Building.
The very first building on our property along Highway 99, approved as an aquaculture building by Fresno County in December 2015, will allow the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Aquarius Aquarium Institute to begin receiving, quarantining and growing out both freshwater and saltwater fish as well as other aquatic life.
Today, December 31st, 2015, we received a letter from the County of Fresno stating that Director Review and Approval Application #4400 (Aquarius Aquarium Institute’s very first building on the Fresno Aquarium property) was approved and is now final since no appeal was filed during the 15-day appeal period.
November 10, 2015 – Thanks to all our donors, (we just surpassed 1,310 blocks sold) site work on the future Fresno Aquarium property made significant progress throughout this past summer and into the fall. We still need additional support to fund our fire protection…
December 18, 2014 – Watch the interview with Tim Thiesen to hear about how we’re very close to starting on our Life Support Basement.