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Local business helps make Roundhouse Aquarium a reality

Jon Schoeneck, president and part owner of Integrated Aqua Systems, Inc. standing next to the Life Support Systems and Chilling System being built for the Roundhouse Aquarium.

Integrated Aqua Systems based in Escondido helped make the Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach a reality recently. 

The company finished up the aquarium’s new State of the art Life Support Systems and Chilling System.

Integrated Aqua Systems, Inc. is an aquatic systems integrator and equipment supply company. They specialize in the design, fabrication and supply of advanced water filtration systems and tank systems to meet clients’ specific needs in aquatic research, aquaculture and commercial aquatic exhibits.

The company designs, builds and supplies aquatic equipment and systems that meet our clients’ specific needs. They work primarily in the aquatic life support (LSS) industry which includes clients working in aquaculture, aquatic research, decorative ponds, water features, aquaponics and commercial aquatic exhibits. 

Integrated Aqua Systems is located in a modern industrial fabrication and testing facility in Escondido where they fabricate, assemble and test complete water handling, filtration and tank systems. 

The $4 million renovated Roundhouse Aquarium was done in honor of the late Skechers CEO Michael Greenberg’s son Harrison, who died in 2015. 

 “Harrison’s childhood was centered on the ocean so when we wanted to honor his life, it was beautifully appropriate to continue his legacy through the Roundhouse Aquarium,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers and father of Harrison, who passed away at 19. “With its deteriorated tanks and facilities, the interior of the aquarium was in serious disrepair. Harrison would be proud to have played a part in reviving the place where he had so many wonderful memories. The Roundhouse is an iconic gem of our community, and it’s imperative that we continue to protect this aquarium from the elements so that it can share its teachings with our children and our children’s children.”

The building is a white octagonal that features 14 oceanic tanks, two fresh water tanks, a wrap-around touch tank and 75 species of marine life. It includes a sea jellies tank, shark tank and additional marine life such as moray eels, seahorses and an octopus.

It was originally built in 1920 and since 1981 has been used by Oceanographic Teaching Stations to provide free lessons about the ocean to the public. However, the aquarium interior was in disrepair, with deteriorated tanks. Now, after the renovation, it is expected to draw more than 14,000 students per year from the region. 

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