City of Chattanooga - Parks & Recreation

Fall 2012

Site Development
Storm Water Management
Contract Administration - Construction

Design Features:
Openspace & Landscape Areas
Pavement Design



Tennessee Aquarium Plaza - Site & Landscape Improvements
Chattanooga, TN

The Tennessee Aquarium, located in Chattanooga, TN, was built in 1992 and is one of the major tourist attractions to the Chattanooga area. The aquarium consists of two sections: a freshwater section called the ‘River Journey’ building and a saltwater section called the ‘Ocean Journey’ building. The ‘River Journey’ building boasts the title of being the largest freshwater aquarium in the world. There are several user friendly areas surrounding the buildings which include a landscaped concrete walking arch bridge, an interactive water geyser feature, and several green spaces that include large trees and custom concrete benches.

For this project, Passpointe specified new custom stainless steel handrails and an in-ground LED lighting system to replace the existing hardware that had sustained substantial wear and tear over the past 21 years. However, the majority of the scope of work at the TN Aquarium was directed at addressing the sidewalk in the east and west mountain plaza areas. The project goal was to remove and replace the existing oak trees that were dying due to compacted soils and limited irrigation, and to provide a new design that would provide sustainable life for the trees. Passpointe accomplished this goal by designing a permeable pavement system in conjunction with two different planting types: a structural soil subgrade and a proprietary Silva® cell system. The two types of planting media for the new trees will provide a comparative site for evaluation of the structural soil and Silva® cell systems over time.


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