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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Dignitaries applaud during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium at 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway in Draper on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The 136,000-square-foot, $20 million aquarium is scheduled to open in December 2013.

DRAPER — The Living Planet Aquarium began construction of its 136,000-square-foot, $20 million expansion with a groundbreaking event on Wednesday at 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway. 

The new facility is set to open December 2013. The aquarium's current Sandy location will close Sept. 8, 2013, to allow for transition into the new building.