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The iconic Manhattan Beach Roundhouse is getting an exciting interior remodel and exterior renovation. The remodel, designed by the Cambridge Seven Associates, will cost a total of $4 million dollars. The largest partnership between the city of Manhattan Beach and private donors is the most extensive remodel since 1992.

The majority of the money for the renovation came from private donors. In 2016, Skechers CEO--Michael Greenburg--lead the remodel campaign with a 1.2 million dollar donation contributed through the Harrison Greenberg Foundation. The foundation was set up to honor his late son, Harrison, who passed away in an accident in Thailand in 2015. Harrison loved the ocean; thus, Michael felt the renovation a great way to memorialize his son. Furthermore, the Manhattan Beach community raised another $1.75 million, and the city contributed an additional 150 thousand dollars for inspections and further infrastructure improvements.

The exterior appearance of the Roundhouse will remain the same, but receive new windows, doors, paint, and roof. The interior will be completely remodeled. The aquarium will encompass the entire space rather than share the space with a cafe. People will enter from the east side, rather than the south side. Large monitors will surround the entrance displaying marine life from the Pacific. There aquarium will also include a shark tank, teaching space, touch tanks, and jelly fish tanks. The ceiling will be decorated with a fabric picturing marine life. The aged aquarium will become a state-of-the-art space to learn about the life below and beyond the aquarium.

The pier was closed in January when construction began. The Roundhouse aquarium was moved to a temporary building in the pier’s south parking lot. The area may seemed closed, but the Roundhouse Aquarium official website states, “We are currently open in our temporary facility... We have our same operating systems (M-F 2pm-5pm, S-S 10am-sunset).” The aquarium will remain there until the completion of the new site in May.

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