A Pier Gift

The unveiling of the new Roundhouse Aquarium

by Mark McDermott

Thirteen hundred and eight days since the passing of his 19-year-old son Harrison, Michael Greenberg on Tuesday stood before a podium at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier and looked out into the crowd.

“The skies opened up for us today,” said Greenberg.

Behind him, light spilled from the Roundhouse Aquarium as the sun lowered over the Pacific near the end of a sky blue day. Several hundred people were gathered for the reopening of the Aquarium, but this was no ribbon cutting.


Newly Renovated and Modernized Roundhouse Aquarium Reopens on Manhattan Beach Pier

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Harrison Greenberg Foundation has announced the reopening of Manhattan Beach Pier’s signature historic landmark: the newly revitalized Roundhouse Aquarium. Designed by world-renowned architectural firm CambridgeSeven, the building reopens this weekend as a state-of-the-art teaching and experiential destination through which Oceanographic Teaching Stations (O.T.S.) will educate and inspire hundreds of thousands of local children and visitors.


Skechers' Michael Greenberg unveils the renovated Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach

Harrison Chase Greenberg loved the ocean and adventure.

The Manhattan Beach native and son to Skechers CEO Michael Greenberg was inquisitive by nature, according to his mother Wendy.

He was known by those around him for his wisdom, compassion and independence.

In a tragedy that shook the community, Harrison unexpectedly passed away in 2015 while on a trip to Thailand.

But, his memory lives on in a special building that will shape the South Bay for generations to come: the newly renovated Roundhouse Aquarium.

“This is perfect because he can give that back to so many people,” Wendy said of her son’s love of knowledge, gesturing towards the beautiful, white octagonal building which was remodeled in his memory.


The Hall Announces Opening of 'Recording Artists' Exhibit

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon has opened a new exhibit titled, "Recording Artists," which celebrates and honors the NFL, Super Bowl and playoff records held by Patriots players and coaches. 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are prominently featured in the exhibit, as both have made their marks on the record books over the past 18 seasons together, but players like James White, Randy Moss, Drew Bledsoe, Ryan Allen, Andre Tippett and Willie McGinest are also among those highlighted. 

While the exhibit focuses on individual records, it does highlight the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Patriots team that set the NFL single-season rushing record with 3,165 rushing yards – a record that still stands today. The display also highlights a number of franchise records.


Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield shows off phase 1 of multi-million dollar renovations

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 in its multi-million-dollar renovation.

Renovations and additions revealed included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented by Mohegan Sun featuring images of iconic players and moments in the game, the impressive modern surround sound NIKE Theater, a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk, and the Coaches Circle exhibit which will pay tribute to Dr. James Naismith and celebrate current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities, players, peers, and society as a whole. 


Packers unveil Lambeau Field art

The Green Bay Packers have unveiled more than 500 pieces of original art, unique photos and graphics celebrating the team's legacy that will be displayed on the club levels of Lambeau Field.

The collection includes pieces from 19 commissioned artists. The art represents memorable games, championships, players, coaches, fans and the community. It also includes a large number of rarely seen historical photographs provided by the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The Packers worked with Sports & The Arts on the collection. SATA develops and curates large-scale art collections for sports and entertainment venues.


Packers, SATA bring Lambeau Field's inner walls to life

The first time Tracie Speca-Ventura and Camille Speca toured the club level of Lambeau Field, they asked themselves one simple question.

What are we going to put on these walls?

The architects of Sports & the Arts had ample experience illuminating stadiums and arenas across the country with artwork, but few matched the history of the Packers.

Working hand-in-hand with the organization over the past two years, the sisters-in-law put together a team of artists – both local and throughout the country—to illustrate the story of one of America’s most iconic franchises.

The fruits of those labors finally came to light this week with the unveiling of more than 500 pieces of artwork, photos and graphics decorated around Lambeau Field’s interior.

A stroll through the fourth, fifth and sixth level of the club area will give fans a chance to relive some of the franchise’s greatest moments through a medley of mixed media paintings, collages and renderings.

“I remember the very first time I walked through some of the areas and saw some of the artwork —it took my breath away,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said. “Obviously the Packers have great history and tradition. I think our fans will really relate to this. It celebrates our history and our tradition in a very different way. I think the passion of our fans will really come through when they see this.”


First look: See the inside of Knock Knock Children's Museum; why ‘town square' is unique to Baton Rouge

Perched atop a clock tower, two animatronic owls are already telling knock knock jokes every hour in anticipation for the public opening of the Knock Knock Children's Museum finally announced Tuesday for August 22.

In a little more than a month, the exhibits that workers were testing out and polishing up on Tuesday will contain squealing kids and watchful parents. Knock Knock Children's Museum leaders provided a first look at the museum's interiors on Tuesday, where the two owls in the "Knock Knock Town Square" greeted visitors.

Atop a hill overlooking City Park, the Knock Knock Children's Museum should offer some of th…

"The Knock Knock Square is definitely unique, we haven't done anything like that anywhere else," said Penny Sander, the Massachusetts-based project manager for Knock Knock's interior exhibits, designed by her firm Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. Cambridge Seven designs exhibits for museums, universities, aquariums and more across the U.S. and internationally.


MassMutual gives $1 million and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield goes with $30 million renovation and endowment plan

Promising to create the most technologically advanced sports museum in the world, officials at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday accepted a $1 million donation from the Springfield-based MassMutual Foundation.

The money will go toward creating the hoop shrine's first endowment, which has a $15 million goal to ensure its financial security, and toward $15 million in renovations to the building at 1000 Hall of Fame Ave. on Springfield's Connecticut River waterfront. The Hall of Fame is at $22.7 million toward its total $30 million goal in a campaign that began two and a half years ago.

The first phase of renovations will begin in January and will include the lobby, the theater and a Coach's Circle gallery on the second floor. Phase II, which will include the rest of the museum's exhibit space, will begin in 2020, said John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.


Manhattan Beach new Roundhouse Aquarium will be ‘magic,’ Cambridge 7 architect promises

The New England Aquarium in Boston is 74,000 square feet and has a four-story, 200,000 gallon fish tank. The Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier is roughly 2,000 square feet with a one story shark tank that holds a few hundred gallons.

What the aquariums share, besides a common purpose, is the same architect.

Tuesday night, the Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously approved a $2.5 million redesign of the nearly 100 year old Roundhouse Aquarium by Cambridge Seven Associates. The firm designed the New England Aquarium in 1962 and recently redesigned the aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank.

Architect Peter Sollogub hoists a fabric stretched frame over his head during his council presentation, to the alarm of councilwoman Amy Howorth. Photo by Kevin Cody

Cambridge Seven architect Peter Sollogub told the council that though the Roundhouse may be his firm’s smallest project, he brings to it the same enthusiasm his firm has for its aquariums in Baltimore, North Carolina, Fort Lauderdale, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.