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National Aquarium Floating Harbor Wetlands

Part of the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Master Plan is to transform the canal between Piers 3 and 4, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, into a 10,500 square foot floating wetland habitat. McLaren Engineering Group worked to transform their vision into a reality by engineering a floating shoreline ecosystem that attracts native species while improving water quality, and providing visitors a unique perspective of the salt marsh habitat and the critical role it plays in the health of the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem.

To test the stability and resiliency of a large-scale project, McLaren’s Marine-Structures team engineered a 15-foot by 20-foot award-winning small-scale prototype that is currently exceeding expectations in the Aquarium’s waterfront campus in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

2017 Prototype

The initial prototype was developed using a variable buoyancy – zoned ballast system.

Drawing of the National Aquarium Floating Wetland Protype

Floating Wetlands Mimic Chesapeake Bay Tidal Marshes

The full scale of the floating wetlands includes a shallow channel through the center, which mimics natural tidal marshes throughout the Chesapeake Bay area.

This final model contains a new flotation system featuring scaled down wetlands to 8-foot by 12-foot platforms that connect through pinned connections.

Project Milestones

Our team, working alongside architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross, aims to complete this brand-new, immersive, educational National Aquarium experience in 2024.

Tidal Marsh Plantings
Installation
PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Installed
Getting ready for plantings
Construction Started
Installation