Satchell Engineering Projects

Discovery Cove Park

Orlando, Florida

Discovery Cove Park is located in a newly developed 50 acre parcel adjacent to the Sea World, Orlando park. The park facilities include a million gallon swim-with Reef, 2.5 million gallon swim-with Dolphin Exhibit, River Feature, and Resort pool. SE&A staff members made up the design team for the water treatment systems associated with the aquatic exhibits and pools. The innovative filtration, disinfection, precise fluvial hydraulics, and heat transfer engineering were major contributions to the economic feasibility in opening this new park. The freshwater river was integrated in to the main pool and traveled through a bird aviary, caves and heated alcoves which all required special engineering to ensure project success.