Seogwipo, Jeju, South Korea (PRWEB) February 15, 2013
A newly-opened aquarium on picturesque Jeju Island recently earned the title of the largest aquarium in South Korea. AquaPlanet Jeju, which also contains the largest acrylic aquarium panel in South Korea, features an abundance of acrylic panels manufactured by Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc. (RPT) in the U.S. to exhibit their collection of marine life.
The aquarium holds 10,800 tons of water, making it larger than the Okinawa Aquarium in Japan. With the opening of the aquarium in mid-July of 2012, AquaPlanet Jeju claimed the honor of having South Korea’s largest aquarium panel – an R-Cast® acrylic panel stretching 73 feet long (23 m), 26 feet tall (8 m), and 2 feet thick (613 mm). That’s roughly the same length as two commercial buses, or four times larger than an average cinema screen.
“We’re excited to be a part of this project and to have worked with Hanwha on it,” said Roger R. Reynolds, III, CEO of RPT, referring to Hanwha Engineering & Construction. “Hanwha is so well known for the quality of the aquariums they build that we’re honored to have worked with them on this project. Providing them with a panel of such size to become the largest in the country is both an honor and challenge we were eager to undertake.”
Even with decades of experience in building R-Cast® acrylic windows in all shapes and sizes, building a panel of such a large size was not a task to be taken lightly. To accomplish this, considerable amounts of engineering, testing, and experimentation to get everything exactly perfect were the routine for nearly a year.
The aquarium also features more than 50 other acrylic exhibit windows that were manufactured by RPT, including a unique multi-faceted demi tunnel that turns a corner; a tunnel that’s 49 feet long, 9 feet tall, more than 13 feet wide, made with acrylic that is six inches thick; an unusual series of three interconnected smaller tanks feeding into one large tank that allow otters to swim or walk between each of the connected satellite tanks; and one small tunnel mounted high overhead that will let guests walk through the middle of a river at eye level.
The ample mixture of tunnels, tanks, and aquariums at Jeju hold an estimated 48,000 aquatic animals from every ocean in the world. Now in its eighth month of operation, the facility attracts a substantial attendance.
About Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc.
During its 30 years in business, Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc. has completed more than 1,600 projects in 53 countries, including the Aquadom in Berlin, Shark Reef in Las Vegas, and many other custom works. Reynolds is the manufacturer, fabricator, designer, and installer of R-Cast® acrylic sheets. The company is constantly raising the standard for what can be done with acrylic resins, and their products have been used extensively in the architectural, signage, aquarium, water-retaining, and scientific industries. Headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, Reynolds Polymer also has operations in Rayong, Thailand. Visit http://www.reynoldspolymer.com for more information. Proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council.