As part of the beach-front Guy Harvey Outpost resort, the Rumfish Grill is a destination restaurant designed to attract both tourists and Tampa/St. Petersburg locals alike. Formerly an underutilized conference and special event space, the restaurant was conceptualized and constructed as an immersion experience for diners and resort guests.
IAS was contracted by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Nevada (ATM) to provide life support system (LSS) design, build, supply and commissioning for the centerpiece aquarium, a 33,500 gallon concrete and acrylic Gulf of Mexico-themed saltwater tank that occupies one full wall of the restaurant. The primary viewing window allows a panoramic view into the aquarium, with a secondary tunnel window that offers the perspective of being inside the aquarium. Further, Guy Harvey Outpost has established a snorkeling program to allow guest to truly immerse themselves in the aquarium. The project required LSS design for this aquarium, with emphasis on water clarity and ability to handle both fish waste and organic input from bathers. IAS was also tasked with the creation of a quarantine system to house new animals prior to introduction to the aquarium as well as a saltwater makeup system for mixing of synthetic seawater to perform water changes.
IAS was involved early in the design process to incorporate the LSS into the architectural design of the restaurant and surrounding support spaces. IAS worked directly with ATM, the general contractor and Guy Harvey Outpost to design the systems, tank piping penetrations and interconnecting plumbing between tanks and mechanical spaces. Additional design scope included CAD layout of mechanical spaces, P&ID drawings and construction documentation for the systems. IAS utilized supplied skid-mounted Integrated Filtration Systems™ designed, built and water tested in our fabrication facility prior to shipping in order to facilitate a professional installation and smooth start up. Additional equipment supplied by IAS included moving bed biofilters for both the main aquarium and quarantine system, foam fractionators, ozone generation equipment, heat pumps and water quality monitoring equipment for the systems. Our experienced Project Manager worked in the field with the project team throughout the construction phase to complete the successful installation of the systems, perform startup and commissioning and provide systems training to operations staff.