Making Waves at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium

Zoo Case Study 5

In the spring of 2020, while the world was making its way through the pandemic, Miller Electric and Morrissey Engineering were putting the finishing touches on a renovation that would bring waves to the heart of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. 

Brushed stainless steel waves sit atop the building and cut metal panels replicate coral along the rooftop. Lighting and sound make the area come alive with realistic ocean effects.  

The work that went into the new façade outside the entrance to the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium is a picture of engineering and prefabrication strength. 

In the big picture, every detail matters.

Miller Electric worked with Morrissey Engineering to replicate the simple beauty of crashing waves through a hidden, but complex tapestry of steel and light.   



  • More defined entrances to the Aquarium and Aquarium Conference Center
  • 4-foot by 12-foot videoboards
  • Rebranding of the Sea Turtle Café with digital menu boards, upgraded equipment and an additional concession window
  • Updated plaza area with tile
  • Blue, stainless steel canopy designed to look like the surface of water
  • Exhibit enhancements, filter upgrades, new carpeting and renovated restrooms