Preview the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium’s new ‘Science Learning Campus’

DRAPER, Utah — Big changes are coming to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. They’re making room for the next generation of scientists with the addition of a "Science Learning Campus."

A nine-acre lot that sits on the south side of the aquarium will soon house the 80,000 square foot building. It will connect to the existing building by an enclosed breezeway.

“It’s got an interesting façade architectural shape that is meant to, if you’re standing there, you’ll see the Rocky Mountains behind you. It mirrors those Rocky Mountains,” said Brent Andersen, LLPA Founder & CEO.

Other features include: 16 state of the art classrooms and eight high-tech labs where students can study science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kids can also check out new animal exhibits and science interactive exhibits.

“We’ll have a five-story rain forest exhibit that is also part of a species survival center,” said Andersen.

Visitors told Fox 13 they’re on board with the concept.

“Anything that can develop their imagination and help them think, prepare them for later in life, any science exhibits are always fascinating to children,” said Marcie Larsen.

The Loveland Family Foundation has donated $1 million toward the project. Officials are launching their public campaign to raise $21 million to lift the project off the ground. More info here: thelivingplanet.com/sciencecenter

“Everybody cares about their kids and wants them to have the best possible resources for learning and we’re a part of that solution, said Andersen.

They'd like to begin construction in fall of 2018 and hope to open its doors in 2020.